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College & Career Supports

Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) is proud to offer a variety of wraparound services, beyond our academic programs, that help students and families achieve academic and personal success. These offerings deliver exactly what the word wraparound suggests; they provide important help beyond the classroom and include social, emotional, health, enrichment and other critical services.

Excellent opportunities exist for families who want to explore the variety of career and college programs available to MPS students.

Click on the programs below to learn more about the college and career supports wraparound services Milwaukee Public Schools offers.

Academic Career Planning

Students develop their own plans for the future, with the help of adults, through self-exploration and career options. The academic and career planning process begins in 6th grade and continues to develop through 12th grade.

Black Teen Achievers

This program through the YMCA of Greater Milwaukee assists high school students and teens of color to improve academic performance and develop career skills for future employment. Students participate in leadership and college prep activities.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Inc.

Boys girls clubThis partnership provides educational and recreational enrichment opportunities for MPS students through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Inc. MPS-affiliated Community Learning Centers and their club sites throughout the city. The clubs also provide specialty programs for MPS students, including the Teen Prevention Program and MarVan Scholars.

College Access Centers

team upCollege Access Centers give “access for success” with support and resources for students and families in the City of Milwaukee with a variety of free services that help with college and career readiness.

College Fairs

college fairCollege fairs are opportunities for students to meet with many two- and four-year college representatives in one location. Military and other postsecondary options for students are also available.

College Possible

College PossibleCollege Possible supports low-income students in their efforts to gain college admission and works to ensure their success through coaching and support beginning the junior year of high school through graduation from college.

College Visits

High school students travel to college campuses in and out of state to learn about college and the college admissions process. Middle school students participate in some visits.

Driver Education

drivers educationThe Driver Education program provides classroom education and behind-the-wheel training for students interested in obtaining a driver’s license.

Dual Credit Program

In partnership with MATC, students at several MPS high schools take courses that allow them to earn college credit if they earn a “B” or better in the class. The classes primarily focus on business, marketing and information technology.

Earn to Learn

Teens gain practical job-skills training and work experience for a career in the arts through paid internship opportunities with approximately 15 local arts organizations. 

Inspire Southeast Wisconsin
Inspire Southeast Wisconsin is an online program that connects high school students with local businesses for the purpose of career exploration and planning. Students are able to access and learn about local companies that hire employees in careers of interest to them. Students are able to ask questions of career coaches and request workbased learning experiences through Inspire.
Internships are an excellent way for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the world of work. Juniors and seniors are able to work for local companies on a short-term basis to earn money and gain workplace skills that will help in their transition to careers in an industry that interests them.
iTech Academy

This program for Bradley Tech students interested in web, mobile application and graphic design allows them to earn MATC credits for courses they successfully complete at MATC. The classes align to the same design classes at MATC, giving students a head start after high school on these careers.

James Place College & Career Center

A collaboration between Washington High School of Information Technology and Friends of Washington, the James Place College & Career Center provides support and resources to Washington High School students through career mentoring, academic tutoring, assistance with ACT preparation and college admission requirements, help in applying for FAFSA and scholarships, and more as students develop plans for the future.

Junior Achievement

Junior AchievementOur long-standing partnership with Junior Achievement allows our students to grow and develop financial literacy and life skills that help them learn how to make responsible choices.

MATC Promise

MATC logoThe MATC Promise provides free college tuition for qualifying students who graduate from area high schools. Students who maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and are full time can participate for up to four consecutive semesters.

Milwaukee Urban League

Milwaukee Urban League sponsors many trainings and workshops designed to help students better prepare for postsecondary opportunities.

My Life! My Plan!

My Life! My Plan! holds workshops for high school students to help them connect education with career pathways.  Business professionals, trained as career coaches, assist students as they work through large- and small-group activities, take an online career assessment and explore career pathways of interest to them. Students learn about education and training options that will help them plan the next steps after high school.

People Program

UW MadisonThis pre-college program through the University of Wisconsin develops a pipeline to college for low-income students and students of color. Students who are accepted to the program participate in pre-college camps, internships and other activities designed to build college readiness.

Pre-College Camps

Pre-college camps provide opportunities for middle/high school students to learn and participate in programs on a college campus. Some camps have students live on campus while other programs are day camps.

Project Ready 2.0

The Milwaukee Urban League uses this program as part of the Campaign for Academic Achievement which focuses on preparing students for postsecondary education.

School Counseling

School counselors work in elementary, middle and high schools to provide academic, career, college readiness, and other support to all K-12 students.

School to Work

The School to Work Transition Program has three programs that provide employment readiness for students with special needs: Community Assessment Training Program (CATP), On the Job Training/Education (OJT/E) and Employment Training Program (ETP).


This partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee provides individual support to students to help them successfully graduate from high school and college.

Summer Youth Employment Program

This partnership with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board provides summer job opportunities to youth within MPS Recreation Department programs, including Summer Recreation Enrichment Camps, playgrounds, outdoor education and Club Rec.


Team Gear UpTEAM GEAR UP, funded by a federal grant, helps promote college awareness and readiness at select MPS schools. The project supports students from the high school classes of 2017 and 2018 at Audubon, Bay View, Bradley Tech, Hamilton, Madison, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Marshall and Vincent.


Tech-Terns is a collaborative effort among Froedtert, CannonDesign, Mortenson Construction, WRTP/BIG STEP and Bradley Tech High School to bring real-world learning into the classroom. Students learn about Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Center for Advanced Care and follow its progress over five semesters through hands-on curriculum projects and visits to the facilities.

Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning provides a variety of work-related experiences for high school students, including the stages of career awareness, career exploration and career planning. These experiences are related to the students’ own interests and may include guest speakers on career development, employability skills education, industry site visits, resume assistance, mock interviews, job shadows and paid work experiences.

Youth Apprenticeships

Youth Apprenticeships provide students with a one- or two-year work experience where they learn valuable workplace skills with the assistance of an employer-based mentor. Students who successfully complete a Youth Apprenticeship receive a certificate issued by the Department of Workforce Development.


Eric Radomski
Manager of Technical Education

Please note

Not all programs are available at all schools. Some programs operate during the school year and others only during summer months. For further information on program availability at your child’s school, please contact the school directly.

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