- To decrease the high school drop-out rate in the state of Georgia
- To provide students at-risk for dropping out of high school with the tools they need to graduate high school and enter college, a career, or the military
- To cultivate a more skilled and robust workforce in the state of Georgia
|655 youth served by GPP during the
2015/16 school year.
|214 GPP students held jobs through our
Workplace program. This is a 50%
growth from 2014/15.
|168 GPP students graduated high school
|2% Only 2% of a cohort 100%
comprised of students at risk for
dropping out of high school are
not currently enrolled in high school.
- GA Department of Education in collaboration with GPP successfully established a work-based learning (WBL) course number specifically for GPP students.
- Communities in Schools has partnered with GPP to reach more students statewide.
- GA Department of Labor and GPP are partnering to align and promote the use of GaBEST in schools statewide, starting in middle school.
- University of Georgia, The Classic Center, Clarke County School District and Athens Land Trust have signed on to join Clarke County’s growing cohort of Workplace sites in 2016, a cohort which includes Caterpillar, Carrier, Power Partners, and Eaton Superchargers.
- Shaw, the largest manufacturer in Georgia, signed an MOU with GPP and has the goal of employing students at all of their facilities in Georgia.
Participating Communities and Businesses
41 Communities in Georgia now partner with GPP.
Overview of GPP Employers * Joining in 2016/17
|Clarke County School District||Advanced Digital Cable||Habersham Medical Center|
|East Georgia State||Advanced Metal Components|
|GA Piedmont Tech College||American Steel||Sales and Service|
|Technical College System||Beaulieu America||ELead One|
|Nutrition, Thomas Co Schools||Buhler Quality Yarns||Rainwater Conference Center|
|Southeastern Technical College||Carrier Transicold||R&F Marketing|
|University of Georgia||Caterpillar||Square1Art|
|Union County School System*||Corrugated Replacement||UGA Facilities|
|Eaton Superchargers||Wild Adventures|
|Hotset||Athens Land Trust|
|Food Industry||Interfor||Foxfire Museum|
|Chicken of the Sea||Kubota Industrial Equipment|
|Crider Foods||Mannington Mills||State Government|
|Dot Foods||Nordson||Dept. of Community Affairs|
|US Pet Foods||Panel Built||Dept. of Corrections|
|UGA Georgia Center Cafe||PPI Corporate||Dept. of Revenue|
|Woks Up||Power Partners, Inc.|
|Local Government||Shaw||Honda Lock|
|City of Thomasville||TenCate*||Kia*|
|City of Valdosta|
Return on Investment 2011-2016
- ESTIMATED CONTRIBUTION TO THE ECONOMY BY 439 GPP WORKERS 2011-2016: $2,414,500
- AVERAGE YEARLY GPP STUDENT INCOME: $5,500 (not including hours during summer and other school breaks)
- ESTIMATED LIFETIME COST TO GA FOR EACH HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT: $215,580 (GPEE, 2013)
- ESTIMATED YEARLY COST PER INMATE INCARCERATED: $28,323 (Alliance for Excellence in Education))
- AVERAGE RATE OF IMMATES WHO ARE HS DROPOUTS: 64% (Alliance for Excellence in Education)
ESTIMATED SAVINGS TO STATE BY GPP 327 GRADUATES 2011-16: $70,494,660
GPP Dropout Rate 2011-2016: 1.3%
What people are saying about gpp
- I learned more than what I was hoping for – I thought it was just a job. It made me see the world in a different way, and want to show other people. “
- “I’ve been treated as an actual adult. At school, teachers tend to talk down to you, but at work they treat me as an equal. No sugar coating or handholding, and they don’t assume I don’t know something just because I’m younger than them. This pushes me to be more responsible and put more emphasis on my work, driving my work ethic.”
- “The program has made me appreciate education more. Do to me going to work, I have learned things beyond what the school can teach, my curriculum has expanded.”
- “I feel like being in this program pushed me towards actually applying and going to college. I feel like if I wasn’t in this program, I would never have applied to college. Participating in this program gave me an understanding of something I might want to do in the future (working with computers) so I had direction in applying for college.”
- “It’s very rewarding working with the kids and seeing their level of maturity at such a young age. They have restored my faith in the next generation.”
- “It’s a win-win for us and the students”
- “This program does a lot of good in the community. The kids are great and deserve a chance.”
- “It’s a win-win for us and the students. 1. Doing the right thing for the community by helping to grow independent and contributing members of society. 2. It helps business. It’s hard to find people who are going into manufacturing. A gap exists between the high schools and informing students to examine manufacturing as a viable career option and viable money making option. 3. It helps kids who have not had support realize their worth and potential. This program helps to create support networks where they didn’t exist.”
- I’ve witnessed the transformation of youth from going nowhere to seeing a great promising future.”
- “It gives students a chance to earn money and learn appropriate work behavior. Some of these students are never given a chance because they wouldn’t qualify for Work-based Learning due to one reason or other.”
- “I enjoy and believe in the program! It has worked for many of our students. I truly believe without our GPP partnership, students in the program may not have graduated high school.”
- “I love it…. GPP is special. Once you’re in and part of it, it’s like a big family. “