GPS Education Partners and DuPage County Schools on Work-Based Learning

Key Points

  • There are more and more viable pathways to a sustainable income – it doesn’t have to be so focused on college. 

  • We must speak the language of educators and of industry to succeed.

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Nate McClennen is joined by GPS Education Partners (GPS Ed) and representatives of DuPage County Schools to discuss school and industry partnerships and work-based learning (WBL). We recently supported GPS Ed in publishing a white paper called Work-Based Learning Ecosystems: Improving OPPORTUNITY for All by Integrating SCHOOL, COMMUNITY and the WORKPLACE

On this episode, our guests are: 

  • Dr. Darlene Ruscitti, Superintendent of DuPage County Schools 
  • Jovan Lazarevic, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction of Lake Park HS
  • Jim Campbell, the business partner on this project and VP & General Manager, Fabrication Division of Prince Industries
  • Jeff Ziegler, GPSEd’s Partner Development Manager for our Client Solutions Team

WBL learning ecosystems have three elements – community, education and business partners – and then an intermediary to help bring them together. This episode works to highlight that relationship.

We work on employability skills — it’s not just that they’re showing up, it’s are they on time. [We teach] what does a resume look like? How do you talk to during an interview?

Jovan Lazarevic

I’d love to see both business/industry sitting alongside our educators developing curriculum together — not just developing curriculum together but perhaps even assessing the work together.

Dr. Darlene Ruscitti


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