Lake Mills HS Academic and Career Planning

What is Academic and Career Planning (ACP)?

Academic and Career Planning (ACP) is a collaboratively developed, student-driven process where students cultivate their own informed decisions for post-secondary success. Research has shown that a comprehensive ACP program increases student motivation and engagement. Students also gain a deeper understanding of themselves, including their strengths and weaknesses. With ACP, students have a better grasp of what postsecondary options are available and how they can design goals to get their after high school.

This process helps ensure that students are college, career, and life ready!

The ACP Process is based on "Know-Explore-Plan-Go"

KNOW- Who am I?

Self-awareness activities

Individual reflection and goal-setting

EXPLORE- What do I want to do?

Career awareness assessment

Career research

PLAN- How do I get there?

Connecting middle and high school instructional activities with opportunities to explore or learn more about a particular field of interest.

Work-based learning opportunities

Extra-curricular and community-based learning experiences

Postsecondary training options

Financial plan to cover cost of postsecondary training

GO- Do IT!

Adapt/Modify Intentional Sequence of Courses

Adapt/Modify Personal Goals

Adapt/Modify Postsecondary/Career Goals

Parents can help with this process by:

  • Asking your student to show you what they have been doing on career cruising or completing activities with your student.
  • Knowing your student's interests, skills, and values.
  • Encouraging your student to get involved in activities that match their interests, skills, and values.
  • Reminding your student that all careers have multiple pathways and encouraging them to explore all the options.
  • Talking to your student about your career experiences.
  • Helping your student find the resources they need to be successful.

Why does ACP Matter?

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