Academic and Career Planning
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.
At Mishicot High School, we are proud to report that we have implemented Academic and Career Planning since 2009. The heart of our ACP lies within our Advisement and Portfolio process. We were also part of the ACP Pilot with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The ACP is a 4 part process of KNOW, EXPLORE, PLAN, AND GO which students developed throughout Middle School and High School.
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 of Mishicot's PI-26 evidence of implementation.
Select the following link for a video: ACP DPI video description
The School District of Mishicot’s
What is PI-26?
The School Board of the School District of Mishicot “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 our area
Manitowoc County Workforce and Economic Profile from 2015 generated by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. http://worknet.wisconsin.gov/worknet_info/Downloads/CP/manitowoc_profile.pdf
Students explore the job outlook for specific careers of interest by utilizing the two following websites.
The current job market’s impact on student preparation
Labor market information suggests that careers in Health Care, Manufacturing, IT and Hospitality are the fastest growing career fields in our area. For this reason the School District of Mishicot provides students with the opportunity to participate in Youth Apprenticeships, School to Work and Dual Credit options in these fields. A Nursing Assistant lab at the high school, ProStart curriculum and college level manufacturing and IT coursework provide students with real world experience on-site.
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 School District of Mishicot prepares students for life beyond high school in a variety of ways.
All high school juniors are required to participate in a job shadow with a person who works in a field related to the student’s career interest. As seniors students participate in a mock interview with someone who is employed in a career area in which the student plans to go into after high school.
Communication with parents regarding Academic and Career Planning
The School District of Mishicot School Counseling staff meets with students in 5th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade and their parents. The School Counseling and ACP web-sites are another form of communication with parents and the community regarding ACP and Counseling programming.
While ACP advisors contact parents regularly throughout the year regarding student progress one parent teacher conference per year is dedicated parent-advisor meetings.
Engaging community stakeholders in Academic and Career Planning
The School District of Mishicot partners with over 150 business. These partnerships were developed in part through strong partnerships with leading organizations in the community.
Manitowoc County Partners in Education MCPIE
- Sara Greenwood, 6-12 School Counselor is the Chair of MCPIE
- Dr. Colleen Timm, Superintendent is a Chamber Board Member
Programming provided by the Manitowoc County Chamber of Commerce include: Reality
Store, Career Expo, Heavy Metal Bus Tour and Junior Leadership
Progress Lakeshore (economic development corporation)
- Thomas Ellenbecker, HS Principal is a Board Member
· Business and Education Summit
Manitowoc County Manufacturing Project
· Sara Greenwood, School Counselor, Project Mini Chopper Leadership Team member
· Mishicot High School students have participated in Project Mini Chopper since its’ inception as part of our Engineering Applications Course.
Lakeshore Technical College
· LTC provides Mishicot High School with an on site Career Coach. We work collaboratively on student admissions, College Discovery Days, presentations, mock interviews, dual course options, and financial aid.
NEW Manufacturing Alliance
· Mishicot High School and the NEW Manufacturing Alliance have worked together to inform businesses in northeastern Wisconsin about ACP.
· Mishicot High School Students attend the Manufacturing First Expo and Conference.
Meeting the needs of individual students in their completion and review Academic and Career Plan documents
Each student in the School District of Mishicot is assigned to an advisement group consisting of a staff advisor and 10-15 students. In these groups staff advisors implement a weekly ACP lesson developed by a member of the school counseling staff.
Connecting students with staff as they participate in Academic and Career Planning
Middle School PRIDE time
Students at Mishicot Middle School participate in weekly Pride Groups throughout their middle school career. Student are in groups of 13-18 students from their same grade level. This group will work with a Mishicot staff member as their Advisor. Groups will meet each Monday for approximately 40 minutes and participate in a Pride Time Lessons. During these lessons, students will develop skills to ensure success in middle school, develop an Academic Career Portfolio, and make a connection with other students, the staff and the school creating a positive environment to learn and grow.
High School Advisement
Students at Mishicot High School participate in weekly Advisement Groups throughout their high school career. Student are in groups of 10-15 students from their same grade level. This group will work with a Mishicot Faculty member as their Advisor. Groups will meet three times per week for approximately 35 minutes. Every Monday, students will participate in Academic and Career Planning Lesson. During these lessons, students will develop skills to ensure success in high school, develop a Career Portfolio, and make a connection with other students, the staff and the school in an atmosphere that fosters career and college readiness.
Preparing staff to deliver ACP services and support students in their planning
At Mishicot High School, we are proud to report that we have implemented Academic and Career Planning since 2009. The heart of our ACP lies within our Advisement and Portfolio process. During 2015-16, we were also part of the ACP Pilot with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The ACP is a 4 part process of KNOW, EXPLORE, PLAN, AND GO which students developed throughout Middle School and High School.
Mishicot School District is an an infrastructure level of ACP implementation. We hold quarterly meetings with grade level advisors. We utilize a by all, for all model of delivery in which all faculty members advise a PRIDE or Advisement group.
Students with disabilities participation in the ACP process and the transition planning process
ACP is for all students in the Mishicot School District. All students participate in:
- PRIDE and advisement groups
- Student, parent, counselor transition meetings in 5, 8, 10, and 12th grade
- The completion of the ACP portfolio
Additional Services are provided when appropriate through:
Students in 11-12 grade meet with DVR representative throughout the year.
Youth Transitional Job Fair
Course offerings and dual credit options
AP classes offered at MHS: AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP Psychology, AP US History, AP World History, AP Government and Politics: United States, AP Human Geography, AP Art Studio, AP Literature and Composition.
College Credit Courses: The following courses have dual credit agreements.
- Through the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay: AP Psychology Through the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh: Honors English, CAPP Spanish, CAPP Communications, CAPP Fit for Life, and Sociology
- Through Silver Lake College: Advanced Chemistry and Honors English
- Through Lakeland College: Pre-Calculus and Calculus
- Through Lakeshore Technical College
o Transcripted Credit: The following courses are transcripted with Lakeshore Technical College: Sociology, Psychology, AP Psychology, College Math, Programming I and II, Web Development I and II, Written Communications, Customer Service Techniques, Leadership and Professionalism, Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology.
o Advanced Standing: The following courses have Advanced Standing Agreements with Lakeshore Technical College: Microsoft Office Level 1, Research and Inquiry, Principles of Marketing, Engineering Applications, Machine Tool Hand Tools, Welding Print Reading.
Approved by the School Board of the School District of Mishicot 7/2016.