What is an Academic & Career Plan?
Academic and Career Plans are student driven planning and monitoring tools that help students create programs of study that are aligned with high school graduation requirements, personal interests, and individually defined career goals.
An ACP can refer to both a process that helps students engage in career development activities and a product that is created and maintained for the student’s academic, career, and personal advancement.
ACPs are developed collaboratively by students, parents, and school staff, including teachers and counselors, and are dynamic documents that are updated as students’ personal, educational and career goals change.
An ACP Will Help Students to:
- Get excited about their futures.
- Promote college and career readiness.
- Promote relevance by helping students identify a purpose for learning by connecting classroom learning to preparation for college and career success.
- Help students to dream big and challenge themselves to work hard and take challenging coursework that will prepare them for college and career.
- Help close the achievement gap by inspiring all students to pursue their dreams and focus on their future self through career investigation and the development of a tangible, well-informed plan to get there.
- Promote involvement in school and community activities like clubs and organizations, volunteer service, and work-based learning that can help students meet new people, develop new skills, and learn more about career pathways and the world of work.
- Raise awareness about and increase participation in Career and Technical Service Organizations (CTSO’s) like: Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA); Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA); Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Future Farmers of American (FFA), Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) and Skills USA. These organizations promote leadership, service, and career exploration to promote relevance and rigor.
- Encourage exploration of post-secondary education and training options and ways to fund those that require a monetary cost.