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
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
Almond-Bancroft uses the software program XELLO for academic and career planning.
Student usernames for Xello use the following format: ABSD-(first four of 1st name, first four of last name) Ex: ABSD-dawnbarb
Student passwords can be reset if forgotten.
Students in grades 6-8 are introduced to and guided through lessons in the program in their Careers class with Mrs. Rykal. High school students have the opportunity to do academic and career planning in homeroom with their teachers several times per month.
Xello has various tools for personal exploration including learning styles and personality inventories as well as a Matchmaker tool which matches careers to student interests. As students progress through high school, they are able to create an electronic portfolio, explore academic programs at colleges and even track their college applications and request transcripts.