Academic Career Planning

The Richland School District is dedicated to preparing our students for the next steps in their lives - whether that be a degree from a technical college/university or entering the workplace immediately after graduation.

To that end, we are providing the following information about our Academic Career Planning (ACP) process. 

What does the job market look like in our area?
--The unemployment rate in Richland County has followed the national downward trend and had  a rate of 2.7% in July of 2018. 
--The five largest industries in Richland County for employment are manufacturing, trade/transportation/utilities, education/health, natural resources, and leisure/hospitality. Those industries are projected to remain the largest through 2024.
--52% of our population lives and works in Richland County (the largest percentage in Southwest Wisconsin).
--While there have been population increases in the state (1.5%) and nation (4.8%), Richland County lost -0.4% from 2010-2017.
--24% of our population relies on retirement income (the largest percentage in Southwest Wisconsin).

What do these job market facts mean to the students of the Richland School District?
As we strive to prepare our students for the current and projected job markets, we must modify our course offerings and curriculum. We want our students to have success and we want our community's market needs to be supported.

We will inform our students and families about this information by hosting orientations/open house events and by communicating via newsletters and electronic media (email, this website, social media, etc.). We also will schedule 1:1 meetings with students & parents to work together to plan out career and curriculum choices.

The partnerships we have built with our community are integral to the success of the ACP process. We are fortunate to also work with CEC (Career Education Cooperative) which is a sub organization of SWP (Southwest Partners) community planning group. These organizations work as a liaison between schools and businesses helping to arrange tours, job fairs, apprenticeships, etc.

We are lucky at the Richland School District to have a student to teacher ratio of approximately 20:1. This close connection we have with our students allows the staff to work with them developing long-term career plans. We also utilize several different software applications to help track the planning process.

All of the students at the Richland School District are given the same opportunities and expectations for learning and success. In order to provide a clear & concise plan for all students, we have developed a sequence of activities beginning in sixth grade that increases in quantity and focus as students near graduation and transition to the next step in their lives:

 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
 Forward Exam Forward
Exam
Forward Exam ACT Aspire
Exam
Forward
Exam
ACT
Prep
AP
Classes
MAP
Testing
MAP
Testing
MAP
Testing
ACT
Monitor
ACT Aspire
 Exam
ACT
Monitor
WI Education
Fair
Response To
 Intervention
Response To
Intervention
Response to
Intervention
ACT
Curriculum
ACT
Monitor
ACT
Curriculum
Application
Bootcamp
Career Search  Matchmaker
Career Assessment
 Career Search Response To Intervention ACT Curriculum Practice ACT & Actual ACT Financial Aid
Night
Xello Career Lessons Personality Assessment Career Interview Matchmaker/Xello ASVAB Career Exploration PSAT
Exam
Resume Writing &
 Career Essay
Learning Styles Career Search Resume College Visits at SWTC and UWP AP Classes Get Real
Simulation
College Placement
Tests
Guidance Lessons Financial Literacy Cover Letter Business Tours College Visits Western & Viterbo AP Classes &
WIS Youth Apprentice
Scholarship Writing Workshop
  Create Activity List Mock Interviews County Government Day College Research College Visit to
UW-P Richland
Lab Technician
Program at SWTC
  Xello Career Lessons 4 Year Plan 3 Year Plan 2 Year Plan College
Research
CAPP UW-Oshkosh Dual Enrollment Courses
  Post-Secondary Options Xello Career Lessons Xello Career Lessons Xello Career Lessons Senior Year Plan Housing
Applications
     

Xello
 Career Lesson
FAFSA
Completion
           
WIS Youth Apprenticeships & Work Release 




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