Education for Employment Program

  • Education for Employment was established in 1985 in response to the growing concern over the number of youth who failed to make a successful transition from school to postsecondary endeavors. s. 121.02 (1)(m), Wis. Stats., states that every school board shall provide access to an Education for Employment program. Chapter PI 26, the administrative rule for this program, was revised and became effective on July 1, 2004.  On June 30, 2013, Wisconsin Statute 115.28(59) was signed to require implementation of academic and career planning (ACP) statewide beginning in 2017-18 for pupils enrolled in grades 6 to 12 in a school district.

    It was determined that rather than creating a new rule addressing ACP, the current PI26 would be updated and revised to include the required ACP components.

    PI 26.03Education for employment program.
    (1) An education for employment program shall include a long-range plan approved by the school board and developed by a team of school district staff and community stakeholders, which may include businesses, postsecondary education institutions, and workforce development organizations. The long-range plan shall include all of the following:
      (a) An analysis of local, regional, and state labor market needs and the educational and training requirements for occupations that will fill those needs.
      (b) A process used to engage parents in academic and career planning. The process shall do all of the following:
           1. Inform parents in each school year about what academic and career planning services their child receives.
           2. Provide parents with multiple opportunities during each school year to participate in their child's academic and career planning.
           3. Update parents throughout the school year on the progress of their child's academic and career planning.
      (c) A description of all of the following:
           1. How, in each year of the plan, the school district will support pupils in academic and career planning, including meeting the requirements under subs. (2) and (3).
           2. The career and technical education provided in the school district.
           3. The professional development provided to staff to assist staff with delivering academic and career planning services to pupils in grades 6 to 12.
           4. How the education for employment program will meet the requirements of s. 121.02 (1) (m), Stats.
      (d) A strategy to engage businesses, postsecondary education institutions, and workforce development organizations in implementing the education for employment program.
    (2) An education for employment program shall provide pupils with information and opportunities that lead to all of the following:
      (a) Career awareness at the elementary grade levels, including developing an understanding of the following:
          1. Why people work.
          2. The kinds of conditions under which people work.
          3. The levels of training and education needed for work.
          4. Common expectations for employees in the workplace.
          5. How expectations at school are related to expectations in the world of work.
      (b) Career exploration at the middle school grade levels, including developing an understanding of the continuum of careers across work environments, duties, and responsibilities and how a pupil's personal interests and skills relate to those careers. Career exploration may also include work-based learning experiences and career research identifying personal preferences in relation to occupations and careers pupils may pursue.
      (c) Career planning and preparation at the high school grade levels, which shall include the following:
          1. Conducting career research to identify personal preferences in relation to specific occupations.
          2. School-supervised, work-based learning experiences.
          3. Instruction in career decision making.
          4. Instruction that provides for the practical application of academic skills, applied technologies, economics, including entrepreneurship education and personal financial literacy.
          5. Pupil access to career and technical education programs, including programs at technical colleges.
          6. Pupil access to accurate national, regional, and state labor market information, including labor market supply and demand.
          7. Instruction and experience in developing and refining the skills and behaviors needed by pupils to obtain and retain employment.
    (3) Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, an education for employment program shall provide pupils in grades 6 to 12 with academic and career planning services, including providing each pupil with all of the following:
      (a) Individualized support, appropriate to the pupil's needs, from school district staff to assist with completing and annually updating an academic career plan.
      (b) If a pupil is a child with a disability, the pupil's academic and career plan shall be made available to the pupil's individual education program team. The pupil's individualized education program team may, if appropriate, take the pupil's academic and career plan into account when developing the pupil's transition services under s. 115.787 (2) (g), Stats.
      (c) Access to an academic and career planning software tool that allows pupils to engage in career exploration and career planning and preparation.
      (d) Access to a formal process for connecting pupils to teachers and other school staff for assistance with the development and implementation of each pupil's academic and career plan.
    History: CR 15-025: cr. Register November 2015 No. 719, eff. 12-1-15.

    For additional information:  https://dpi.wi.gov/acp/rule