Academic & Career Planning

Academic and Career Planning

and PI-26

“Academic and Career Planning, or ACP, 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."  The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in the PI26 legislation requires  public school districts to provide academic and career planning services to students in grades 6 through 12 beginning in the 2017-18 school year. These new academic and career planning requirements connect school districts’ education for employment plans and programs to the new academic and career planning requirements.


PI-26 is the legislation that requires Academic and Career Planning to take place in all public schools in the State of Wisconsin.  Each school district must provide evidence of their implementation of PI-26.  Pecatonica Schools have provided students various career activities throughout the years, however, formal implementation of the ACP program will begin in the 2017-2018 school year. Below you will find the Pecatonica Area Schools PI-26 evidence of implementation.


State Superintendent Tony Evers: Value of ACP


Why ACP Matters

Pecatonica Area Schools

Implementation of

Chapter PI-26

What is PI-26?

The School Board of the Pecatonica Area School District “shall provide access to an education for employment program approved by the state superintendent. The purpose of education for employment programs is to prepare elementary and secondary pupils for employment, to promote cooperation between business and industry and public schools, and to establish a role for public schools in the economic development of Wisconsin. This chapter defines education for employment programs, describes the process for approval of education for employment plans, and establishes approval criteria for education for employment programs.”

PI-26 Plan Requirements Memorandum

WI DPI Chapter PI-26

The job market in our area

Although the 6-12 school building is located in Blanchardville, the Pecatonica School District spans across four counties including Lafayette, Iowa, Green and Dane.  Below are links to the various counties workforce and economic profiles from YEAR:


Lafayette County

Iowa County

Green County

Dane County


Pecatonica 6-12 students are exposed to various careers by utilizing the Xello website as well as Wisconsin’s Worknet for additional information.


The current job market’s impact on student preparation


In the Pecatonica District’s four county area, the fastest growing career fields include professional and business services, construction, and education/health services.  For this reason, Pecatonica offers opportunities including dual-credit courses, AP courses, youth options, school-to-work,various online courses, as well as BOOST (Building Opportunities and Occupations for Students Together).


Pecatonica students are provided with information and guidance to make informed decisions regarding their educational and career path through the use of Career Cruising and career exploration events such as job shadows, mock interviews, and career fairs.


Communication with parents regarding Academic and Career Planning


The Pecatonica Area Schools guidance counselor meets with all 8th and 11th grade students and parents to discuss course selections, graduation requirements, and post-secondary plans.  The School Counseling and Career Cruising websites are also utilized in communication regarding ACP.


Engaging community stakeholders in Academic and Career Planning

Blanchardville Community Pride Incorporated:

UW-Platteville:  All Sophomores participate in a college exploration day.  Middle school students attend Engineering Day.

BlackHawk Technical College:  All Freshmen participate in a college exploration day.

Southwest Technical College:  Dual credit course offerings, career exploration day.

Colony Brands:  Career exploration day.

Meeting the needs of individual students in their completion and review Academic and Career Plan documents

At the middle school level, students will participate in career activities during middle school computer classes (Middle School ACP Plan).  

At the high school level, students will participate in monthly ACP activities during advisory time (High School ACP Plan).

Preparing staff to deliver ACP services and support students in their planning

The Building Leadership Team will hold monthly meetings with 9-12 staff during early release time to coordinate monthly ACP activities.

Students with disabilities participation in the ACP process and the transition planning process


In accordance with Wisconsin’s DPI Special Education Connections:


  • “Under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Special Education addresses individual differences and needs of students through an annual IEP (Individualized Education Program) while gaining technical skills and training necessary to explore and succeed in careers.”

  • “Beginning at age 14, a PTP (Postsecondary Transition Plan) assesses an individual’s needs and considers personal interventions to help learners achieve a higher level of self-sufficiency and success.”

  • “Transition planning helps students with disabilities and their families think about life after high school and identify long-range goals.”

  • “The IEP team helps design students’ high school experience to ensure that they gain the skills and connections they need to achieve these goals.”


Course offerings and dual credit options

AP classes offered at Pecatonica High School: AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP Psychology, AP US History, AP World History, AP Literature and Composition, AP Language and Composition, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science.

College Credit Courses: The following courses have dual credit agreements.  

  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College:  Accounting, Personal Finance, Intro to Business, Tech College Math, Oral and Interpersonal Communications, Large Animals, Speech.

Approved by Pecatonica Area School District Board of Education, June 19, 2017 as noted in regular board minutes.




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