Academic and Career Planning


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."  Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, Education for Employment (PI 26) legislation requires public school districts to provide academic and career planning services to students in grades 6 through 12. 

Why is it important?
  • ACP is based on each STUDENT'S interests, abilities, values, and goals.
  • ACP provides students and parents with the information needed to make INFORMED CHOICES for education, training, and careers while maximizing financial investment.  
  • ACP is a CULTURE SHIFT; the purpose of education is not just to get everyone into college; but, rather to allow students and their families to choose the best opportunities available to achieve personal education and career goals. 
  • ACP HONORS ALL POST-SECONDARY ROUTES to achieve goals, including military, apprenticeship, certification, technical college, and university recognizing that people often move in and out of different routes throughout their lives as needed. 
  • Schools Districts are ALREADY DOING SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES RELATED TO ACP such as conferencing, career exploration, career interest inventories, intentional course sequencing, etc. The goal will be to integrate these services into a seamless system of ACP service delivery. 
  • ACP requires EVERYONE TO SUPPORT STUDENTS in the process, including academic teachers, administrators, community members and parents.