Academic and Career Planning and PI-26
The Stevens Point Area School District is committed to providing a solid foundation for all students to be successful in their chosen path after graduation. To ensure that our graduates are college and career ready, all students will create an Academic and Career Plan (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.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (http://dpi.wi.gov/acp) in the PI26 legislation requires public school districts to provide academic and career planning services to students in grades 6 through 12 beginning in the 2017-18 school year. These new academic and career planning requirements connect school districts' education for employment plans and programs to the new academic and career planning requirements.
The ACP is a four part process of Know, Explore, Plan, and Go which students will develop starting in 6th grade and continuing throughout their time in the Stevens Point School District.
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. Below you will find the District's PI-26 evidence of implementation.
What is PI-26?
The School Board of the Stevens Point Area Public School District “shall provide access to an education for employment program approved by the state superintendent. The purpose of education for employment programs is to prepare elementary and secondary pupils for employment, to promote cooperation between business and industry and public schools, and to establish a role for public schools in the economic development of Wisconsin. This chapter defines education for employment programs, describes the process for approval of education for employment plans, and establishes approval criteria for education for employment programs.”
The Job Market in the Stevens Point Area
Portage County Workforce and Economic Profile from 2015 generated by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development:
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Current Job Market Impacts Student Preparation
The North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board's Solutions Team compiled information from 800+ employer visits in 2015. The information collected was part of an effort to assess real-time industry sector labor needs.
The research indicated the labor market needs in Portage County:
- Food Process MFG-Laborers, Automation Engineers, Maintenance
- Manufacturing-Laborers, CNC/Machinists, Welders
- Automotive Technicians, CDL Drivers, and Diesel Mechanics
- Information Technology
- Customer Service-Sales/Retail
Students are provided with information and guidance to make informed decisions regarding their educational and career path whether their career goals are leading to an in-demand career area or a unique, narrow occupational area. Through the utilization of Career Cruising, career exploration events, self assessment and dual credit course-work, the Stevens Point Area Public School District prepares students for life beyond high school in a variety of ways.
Communication with Families
The Stevens Point Area Public School District's Student Services staff, which includes both School Counselors and School Social Workers, meets with students and their parent/guardian(s) for Individual Planning Conferences in 6th, 8th, and 11th grade. The Academic and Career Planning website along with the availability of family involvement in Career Cruising are another form of communication with parents/guardians and the community regarding Academic and Career Planning.
Engaging Community Stakeholders
Working in conjunction with the Portage County Business Council
Inspire Central Wisconsin –
The Centergy region is launching Inspire Central Wisconsin this fall. Inspire Central Wisconsin is a free Career Cruising platform that will allow students to connect directly with local business representatives who sign up as career coaches and create employer profiles.
Recruitment for businesses is beginning now. The site will launch to students on October 1, 2017.
Academic and Career Planning was originally introduced to faculty in the spring semester of 2016 and over the course of the 2016-17 school year. Prior to the start of the Fall 2017 semester, SPASH faculty will be trained on Career Cruising and receive professional development in regards to Advisory.
A by all for all method of ACP delivery will be utilized in which all faculty members will advise a group of students in an advisory on a weekly basis.
Course Offering and Dual Credit Options
Please use the link below to access the SPASH Academic Guide which lists the available courses in the Stevens Point Area Public School District.
SPASH Academic Guide
The Mission of Career and Technical Education Departments of the Stevens Point School District
"The CTE program, in partnership with our community and families, will empower students to adapt and relate in an ever-changing global society through rigorous and relevant instruction"
Please visit our website for more information: SPASD CTE
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