What is Academic and Career Planning?

As of September 2017, Schools have been mandated by the state to implement Academic and Career Plans (ACP's) for students in grades 6-12.


ACP is an ongoing student driven process guided by educators and local businesses. Students will experience a dynamic Academic Career Plan which evolves from learning experiences, both in and out of the classroom, that support employability skills, career awareness, exploration, planning and training. Career information will be infused into curriculum as educators may request professionals to speak in a class, add relevance to their curriculum or offer a tour or onsite event. Business can show a student what it is like to work in a particular career by hosting a variety of experiences, such as, but not limited to; job-shadows, information interviews and youth apprenticeships.



Academic and Career Planning initiative of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

The Student Process

Self awareness and understanding YOU

• Self-assessment of interests and strengths

• Reflection and goal-setting

• Financial knowledge & understanding of resources

• Academic courses & skill preparation

• Behavioral & employability skill preparation

Your school provides the following tools to help you with this.

Career Cruising

Wisconsin Career Pathways


Career Exploration

• Middle School career exploration activities and opportunities

   Your Future 8th Grade Career Expo

• High School career exploration activities and opportunities

   Your Future High School Career Conference

• World of work and labor market needs

   Bureau of Labor Statistics   

   Fox Cities Workforce Development Job Center

   Wisconsin's Worknet

• Understanding and comparing different postsecondary education & training

   Career Cruising

   Wisconsin Career Pathways 

Career Planning

How do you get there? Create your path!

Set goals, choose courses, join clubs & activities




Career Management

• Execute your plan

• Update your plan with new information & documentation in your electronic portfolio

• Take advantage of conferencing & connecting with business professionals

• Update and modify your Academic, Personal and Career Goals as necessary