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Classroom to Career

What are the components of Classroom to Career?

Personalized academic and career plan (ACP)

It is a student-driven, adult-supported process in which students create and cultivate their own unique and information-based visions for post-secondary success, obtained through self-exploration, career exploration, and the development of career management and planning skills. Student ownership assures the career options and activities align personal interests and abilities.

The range of formal ACP begins in Grade 6 and goes through grade 12. This is a state requirement starting in 2017.

Requiring parents, local businesses, and educators to collaborate

Parents, teachers, and business (employers) each play a vital role helping students learn about the world of work and career options. Coaching, encouraging, and constructive critique are expected from parents, teachers and mentors.

While teachers and the classroom serve as a platform for developing student ACPs, parents need to be aware of and closely involved with the evolution of their children’s ACP activities. 

Clear communication and on-going collaboration is necessary to provide consistent, meaningful encouragement and support throughout the school years. Businesses will play a vital role in exposing their careers to teachers and students.

Support system to help

Throughout high school each student will have developed a network of people (teachers, advisors, counselors, mentors, parents) that he/she can call upon through the next steps on his/her career path.


Upon graduation each student will have a post-secondary plan for next steps in their career path, whether it is more training or schooling, gaining more specific work experience, whatever moves them closer to reaching their career aspirations.

What does Classroom to Career mean for your student(s)?

Continuum of activities and experiences PreK through 12th grade

At the younger ages, students will learn and explore various careers through play, stories, videos, and field trips.

By Middle School students will begin to refine their career options through more in-depth exposure, career profile surveys, and refinement of their academic and career plans (ACP).

By the 10th grade, each student will identify a mentor/ career advisor and review and evaluate progress on his/her ACP.

In 11th and 12th grades, students will:

  • have a post-secondary plan to implement with a back-up plan,
  • have actual real-world exposure (job shadow, internship, etc.) in their career focused area,
  • participate in a reflective evaluation/exit interview.

All students in the AASD will experience a dynamic Academic Career Plan. This plan evolves from PK-12 learning experiences, both in and out of school, that support employability skills, career awareness, exploration, planning and training.