• Almond-Bancroft District Academic & Career Plan

    District Academic and Career Plan Coordinator(s): Erika Spear and Dawn McDonald

    The Almond-Bancroft School District is required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to have a five-year Academic and Career Plan (ACP). The following represents how the district will meet the ACP. Additionally, an action plan is included to indicate the activities planned during the five year span that will meet the requirements of the plan.

    Description of the coordinator responsibilities:
         1.Create a college-going and career readiness culture.
         2.Leverage relationships with local business and community leaders.
         3.Coordinate family engagement opportunities with school leaders.
         4.Ensure that all secondary students (grades 6-12) have the means, opportunity, and preparation to succeed in post-
            secondary education ranging from two or four year colleges, apprenticeships, certification programs, military, etc.
            to be successful in the workplace.

    Almond –Bancroft School District is located in the rural community of Almond, which has a population of approximately 448 people and is 30 minutes southeast of Stevens Point. Bancroft is an adjoining community of approximately 535 people and is located 8 miles northwest of Almond.

    A breakdown of the 2016-2017 student population is below:
         Total Student Enrollment: 409
         Percentage Designated Low Income/Socio-Economic Status (SES): 43%
         Percentage of Students Receiving Special Education Services: 15.2%
         Percentage of Students Receiving English Second Language (ESL) Services: 15.6%
         Race and Ethnic Data: 
              American Indian: 0.5%
              Black: 0.2%
              Hispanic: 24.7% 
              White: 74.3%
              Two or more races: 0.2% 

    According to the United States Census Bureau (2016), Portage County has a population estimated at 70,447. Approximately 92.5% of Portage County residents is a high school graduate or higher (persons age 25 years +) and approximately 29.2% of residents have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

    Of the population currently employed in Portage County, the top four occupational areas based on wage distribution include: Trade, Transportation, Utilities; Education & Health; Financial Activities; and Manufacturing based upon the Department of Workforce Development’s County Profile (2016). The average salaries for these positions are:

    1. Trade, Transportation, Utilities: $30,819
    2. Education & Health: $45,087
    3. Financial Activities: $63,005
    4. Manufacturing: $44,683

           Portage County Employment Summary

    What is Academic and Career Planning (ACP)?

    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.

    E4E & ACP Mission: Empowering ALL students to travel the road TO adulthood THROUGH education and training to careers.

    E4E & ACP Vision: Re-imagining K-12 education to equip students:

    • With meaningful and supportive adult relationships
    • And the ability to adapt to opportunities and challenges
    • On their personalized journeys to successful lives.

    The term ACP refers to both a process that helps students engage in academic and career development activities as well as a product that is created and maintained for students’ academic, career, and personal advancement.

    ACP is a student-driven, ongoing process that actively engages students enabling them to:

    • Understand their own interests, strengths, values, learning styles,
    • Create a vision of their future,
    • Develop individual goals, and
    • Prepare a personal plan for achieving their vision and goals.

    The district recognizes that graduate follow-up surveys are important and that the information gathered should be used for decision making. At this time the district participates in the graduate follow-up survey for students that are generated based on CTEERS information and from other surveys that are part of the continuous improvement results measures. The results collected annually provide information on graduates related to their current work and educational status.

    4 stages to successful academic and career planning

    ACP Graphic

    The ACP Model

    Know-Explore-Plan-Go aligns Wisconsin E4E & ACP required components with research-based recommendations for incorporating career development throughout K12 for self-exploration, career exploration, and career planning and management.

    Self awareness (Know)

    • Periodic self-assessment of interests and strengths
    • Reflection and goal-setting
    • Financial knowledge & understanding of resources
    • Academic courses & skill preparation
    • Behavioral & employability skill preparation

    Career exploration (Explore)

    • Middle school career exploration activities and opportunities
    • High school career exploration activities and opportunities
    • World of work and labor market needs
    • Understanding and comparing different postsecondary education & training

    Career planning (Plan)

    • Planning skills
    • The Middle School plan
    • The High School plan

    Career management (Go)

    • Executing the plan
    • Updating the plan with new information & artifacts
    • Conferencing & mentoring
    • Transitioning ACP components