Academic and Career Planning
Academic and Career Planning and PI-26 Implementation at
Cedar Grove-Belgium School District
Academic and Career Planning, or ACP, is a student-driven, adult-supported process in which students create and cultivate their own unique and information-based visions for post secondary success, obtained through self-exploration, career exploration, and the development of career management and planning skills.
Information about ACP
What does ACP stand for?
ACP means Academic and Career Planning or Plans.
“Planning” emphasizes the Process; “Plans” indicate the “Product.”
What is ACP?
Academic and Career Planning (ACP) is a collaboratively developed, student-driven process for planning for success in middle school, secondary school, and post-secondary academics and career development. Research on the benefits indicates that the ACP process increases student motivation, engagement, school connection, and awareness of individual strengths and weaknesses. Students utilizing ACP also improve their understanding of postsecondary options, better connect their goals to educational coursework and career goal activities, and engage in long-term planning for life after high school graduation.
The term ACP refers to both a process that helps students engage in academic and career development activities and an e-portfolio product that is created and maintained for the student’s academic, career, and personal advancement. These student-owned planning and monitoring tools help students create personalized programs of study that are aligned with high school graduation requirements, personal interests, and individually-defined career goals.
The ACP process is meant to ensure that all students have the opportunity to direct their learning to provide opportunities that will inform their choices for the future. The ACP process will foster personalized learning through activities and experiences to connect academic courses and personal, social and career goals. This should be supported in a way that advances goal setting, decision-making and self-advocacy skills. Building those skills will support postsecondary school, employment and life-long learning options over time.
Which students will participate in ACP?
All students enrolled in grades 6 through 12 in a public school district will participate in ACP.
This also includes students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs (IEP)/Post-secondary Transition Plans (PTP), as well as students with Section 504 Accommodation Plans, English Language Learners, and students who are Gifted/Talented.
The ACP Model is KNOW-EXPLORE-PLAN-GO
- KNOW- Who am I?
- Self-awareness activities
- Individual reflection and goal-setting
- EXPLORE- What do I want to do?
- Career awareness assessment
- Career research
- PLAN- How do I get there?
- Connecting middle and high school instructional activities with opportunities to explore or learn more about a particular field of interest.
- Work-based learning opportunities
- Extra-curricular and community-based learning experiences
- Postsecondary training options
- Financial plan to cover cost of postsecondary training
- GO- Do IT!
- Update regularly
- Adapt/Modify Intentional Sequence of Courses
- Adapt/Modify Personal Goals
- Adapt/Modify Postsecondary/Career Goals
- ACP Conferencing with families
(Frequently asked questions from dpi.wi.gov/acp/faqs)
What is PI-26?
PI-26 is the legislation that requires Academic and Career Planning to take place in all public schools in the State of Wisconsin. Each school district must provide evidence of their implementation of PI-26. For more information on ACP and PI-26, click on the following links:
How is CGBSD meeting the needs for PI-26?
Our district utilizes the computer program called “Xello” to assist students in exploring not only college and careers but it also provides skill building in self-awareness, relationship building, self-management, and responsible decision-making skills. This tool will also house their saved future planning information. For more information on this program, check out their website: Xello Information
Our district has purchased an add-on tool for Xello called “Inspire Sheboygan County”. Although the name may imply that this resource is only available in Sheboygan County, this tool has grown into Ozaukee County as well. This program links students with information about local businesses. Local employee mentors in a large variety of career fields are also linked to students through this program to provide answers to questions and job shadows. For more information on this program, check out their website: Inspire Information.
High School (grades 9-12):
Middle School (grades 6-8):
High School (grades 9-12):
Middle School (grades 6-8):
In the spring, the high school networks with the Belgium Chamber of Commerce to coordinate a career fair for students in grades 9-12. During this event, there are booths provided for businesses, local colleges/universities, youth apprenticeship coordinators, youth co-op coordinators, and military factions. Those involved will provide valuable information on their industry to all students. Also, some businesses may be able to acquire new hires from this event.
Job Shadows: Students are encouraged to utilize job shadows as a means to gain further understanding on career options. Students may initiate their own job shadow experience or may make a request through our web-based program called “Inspire Sheboygan County” (discussed below).
Youth Co-op: Cooperative Education is a work based learning opportunity that links classroom instruction in Technology Education, Marketing Education, Family and Consumer Education, and Business and Information Technology Education with “real world” work experience in related occupations. The Co-op program provides on the job training and evaluation through carefully planned and supervised experiences that develop, improve, and/or refine occupational competencies required for a given career objective. These competencies include attitudes, skills, and knowledge.
Youth Apprenticeship: Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeships integrate school-based and work-based learning to provide students in their junior and senior years with academic and occupational skills leading to both a high school diploma and a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency in a specific industry. The one and two-year apprenticeships prepare students for a number of post-secondary options:
Each student works in partnership with an employer-identified mentor, specialized classroom instructor and a high school apprenticeship coordinator to receive the best skills and knowledge possible.
INSPIRE Sheboygan County: Our district has purchased an add-on tool for Xello called “Inspire Sheboygan County”. Although the name may imply that this resource is only available in Sheboygan County, this tool has grown into Ozaukee County as well. This program links students with information about local businesses. Local employee mentors in a large variety of career fields are also linked to students through this program to provide answers to questions and job shadows. For more information on this program, check out their website: Inspire Information.
Labor Market Analysis Tools
“WisConomy”, a source for Wisconsin’s economic and labor market information.