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.
Students will also have opportunities to participate in a school-wide Career Day, fieldtrips, guest speakers, job shadowing, college visits, guidance planning meetings, and guidance activities as part of the ACP process. Community members and parents will be involved throughout the process in many of these activities.
Birchwood teachers will work with all students on ACP Planning using Xello and other resources. Students will also take a required Careers and Technology class during either 10th or 11th grade in one of the four CTE Areas where they will continue exploring careers, participate in a job shadow, prepare job campaign materials (job application, resume, cover letter, follow up letter), practice for job interviews, and prepare a career portfolio.