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All students in Poynette School District grades 6 to 12 are engaged in the staff led Academic and Career Planning (ACP). The ACP is meant to increase the students’ insight on careers and self, post-secondary options. With this, the staff hopes that their students will be ready for college once they do graduate.
The economy is now shifting away from jobs that require minimal training, a reason that the staff are encouraging students to have a plan on how they can acquire the right knowledge and technical skills needed so that they can have a smooth transition into the workforce or college. College and technical programs are now more expensive than ever, which is why it is important for the high school students to efficiently ponder on high school program increases. That is why the Poynette School District is getting serious on developing an Academic and Career Plan with their students.
The SCP process will let the students participate in activities that are geared to increase their self-awareness, let them explore different careers, and even help them make plans for their future. To increase their self-awareness, students will get to experience activities like reflection an academic preparation. For the exploration process, they will be researching career options, considering labor market factors, and then they will also engage in activities that will introduce them to varied ones. Finally, they will also get to create their resumes, complete steps that are needed to pursue post-secondary education, and revise and finalize their plans before graduating by either starting apprenticeship or enrolling on post-high school coursework. With these steps, they can change their career paths as needed while they are accumulating experiences.
Poynette School District strongly believes that students will benefit greatly from the ACP. They are now encouraging parents to get involved by talking to their kids about their career plans.