Wautoma Board approves Academic and Career Planning & Education for Employment Plan

Following a presentation by Wautoma High School Principal Tom Rheinheimer on the Academic and Career Planning and Education for Employment (PI-26) Plan for the Wautoma Area School District, the school board approved the proposal during their regular board meeting on Aug. 14 at the district office.

On behalf of Jennifer Johnson, Steven Thayer and Kathleen Zank, Rheinheimer presented the Academic and Career Planning and PI-26 Plan for approval as well as a vision for the future to the board.

Rheinheimer said the student-driven Academic and Career Planning works to create and cultivate a student’s own “unique and information-based visions for post-secondary success through self-exploration, career exploration and the development of career management and planning skills.”

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s PI-26 legislation requires public school districts to provide academic and career planning services to students for grades 6-12 beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

The PI-26 law states the school board must provide access to an education for employment program to be approved by the state superintendent as a way to “prepare elementary and secondary students for employment, promote cooperation between the business industry and public schools and to establish a role for public schools in the economic development of Wisconsin.”

Using three of the five Focus 2025 pillars created following a community meeting in 2016, the group was able to put together a plan to better serve the students enrolled in the Wautoma Area School District from 4K through Grade 12. The three pillars emphasized in the Academic and Career Planning and PI-26 Plan includes using business and community involvement through in-ternships, job shadowing and mentorships; developing marketing of the district and community through branding; and improving the students’ work and people skills.

The proposal approved by the board hopes to have long-term effects with a 4K-12…

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