Academic and Career Planning

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction defines Academic and Career Planning (ACP) as a student-driven, adult-supported process where students create and cultivate their own unique and information-based visions for post-secondary success through self-exploration, career exploration, and the development of career management and planning skills.

CESA 10's College and Career readiness department staff are here to support students, families, business partners, and instructors to make the most of college and career preparation for students.

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ACP is important. Now more than ever.

  • Increases sense of belonging and engagement in learning

  • Students find relevance in what they are learning and increase academic motivation.

  • Ensures that ALL students have a plan for success after high school.

  • Ensures that students are more prepared and better equipped to succeed, even in challenging economic situations.

College & Career Readiness at CESA 10 provides professional development offerings to districts with training and resources to engage all stakeholders (students, parents, school boards, community members, business, and industry partners) in the Academic and Career Planning process.


With CESA 10's experienced staff, local school districts now have the opportunity to request additional customized K-12 ACP planning to ensure all students are college, career, and life ready.


Training includes using a high school Personal Finance course to implement key aspects of the ACP state initiative.


District administrators will receive assistance with the process of examining the Redefining Ready! indicators for College and Career Readiness.


Support is provided to districts to explore the possibility of creating a unique student dashboard that fully conveys student readiness beyond the current state report card.


Districts can request assistance with the required annual review of PI-26 (state law) that asserts school districts provide access to education for employment programs approved by the state superintendent.

Career Readiness Community of Practice

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and all 12 CESA organizations throughout the state collaborate with the Career Readiness Community of Practice to provide access to valuable resources that contribute to college and career preparation-focused learning.

A variety of resources are available to assist with lesson planning and development to ensure lessons are on track with Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction guidelines for Academic and Career Planning.

CollegeBoard AP provides students with the tools they need to get a head start on college coursework through Advanced Placement Classes. Visit CollegeBoard AP for more information on how to get started.

Start College Now allows high school students to jump-start their postsecondary education at a Wisconsin Technical College.

The Early College Credit Program (ECCP) allows students to get a jump-start on their postsecondary education with a University of Wisconsin system university or an alternative private, not-for-profit institution of higher education while earning high-school credits.

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows current and future college students to apply for grants and loans provided by the Federal Government.

Xello provides access to ready-made lesson plans and resources to embed Academic and Career Planning into the classroom.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides valuable resources to students planning their post-high school futures, whether it be going to college or starting a career.