Middle and High School Career Planning
Did you know that Wisconsin public schools are required to provide Academic and Career Planning (ACP) for students?
ACP is a student-driven process where students create their own vision for future success through career and self-exploration and the development of career management and planning skills. Teachers, counselors, parents and others provide mentoring throughout the process to build a plan based on students’ interests, abilities, goals, and values.
This entire process is meant to help students make informed choices to select courses and experiences throughout their middle and high school educations related to future education, training, and careers.
Industry involvement is a key component to exposing students to the vast array of career opportunities. There are opportunities to participate in class presentations, mentoring, job placement and online interaction to help students learn about careers in food service. Fill out this survey if you are interested in being updated on school opportunities in your area.
In an initiative aimed at addressing Wisconsin’s workforce development needs, all nine of the state’s regional economic development organizations are teaming up to develop a statewide platform that directly connects local employers to students.
The regional organizations, with support from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), will expand the use of a web-based platform called Inspire that virtually connects area businesses to their future talent pool through online profiles, virtual career coaches, and career-based learning activities for high school students and educators.
Three programs currently in Wisconsin that work with employers:
Due to the recent approval of funding, there will more programs coming in the future.
Plant the seeds for the future
ProStart® is a nationwide program for high school students that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice industry leaders. From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart’s industry-driven curriculum provides real-world educational opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime.
With national and local support from industry members, educators, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, and the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation, ProStart reaches 6,300 students in over 100 schools in Wisconsin.
Success of ProStart programs relies on meaningful industry connections with students, teachers, and classrooms.
There are countless opportunities for restaurant industry professionals to make a difference as ProStart mentors.