(Beloit, WI) Excerpts Courtesy of the Beloit Daily News and the WI Department of Public Instruction
The School District of Beloit has been selected to be part of an Academic and Career Planning (ACP) pilot project during the 2015-2016 school year, along with 24 other Wisconsin school districts. The districts were picked out of 61 that applied, coming from all corners of the state in the three types of settings, urban, suburban and rural. Academic and Career Planning (ACP) will provide students, in grades 6 through 12 and their families the information and tools needed to make choices for their future, be it higher education, training, military, etc.
State law requires every school board to provide ACP services by the 2017-18 school year. ACPs are a part of the state superintendent’s Agenda 2017, which is focused on having all Wisconsin students graduate from high school college and career ready.
Since October 2013, Beloit and its district counterparts throughout Rock County have been actively ramping-up their ACP activities – compliments of the Inspire Rock County initiative. Inspire Rock County provides web-based career and readiness platform, infused with career development tools, social media elements and workforce data. Driven by Career Cruising, which a licensed software package, Inspire Rock County provides a seamless information gathering and sharing – as well as a communication and engagement – tool to connect and engage job creators, students, educators and parents. Specifically, this platform is designed to:
- Improve the alignment of career readiness and preparation applications to match the needs of the local or regional business community.
- Scale successful business and education programming to reach a wider or targeted audience.
- Reduce the communication and engagement cycle time by removing participation barriers.
- Nurture future employees by connecting and mentoring with them early in their career development phases.
ACP related progress, as well other related career readiness and preparation activities, are highlighted in the Spring 2015 Inspire Rock County Report. For additional information, visit www.inspirererockcounty.org .