Students at Black River Falls will develop an electronic Academic and Career Planning Portfolio as one tool to show evidence of their readiness for post-secondary education and/or employment.

Career development is a lengthy process of addressing the questions: Who am I? Where am I going? How do I get there? It is a proactive process of developing workplace values, skills, personal qualities, and knowledge of one's chosen career. By the senior year, students will have had ample opportunity to develop the portfolio before they showcase it. Portfolio requirements are listed under grade level tabs within the K-12 Journey. 

What does my portfolio include?

Portfolio's include an introduction, assessment, post secondary planning, employability, career exploration, high school highlights, and some additional items. 

In the introduction, students will present information about themselves, their career interests, and their future goals and plans. Also, this sections includes a personalized summary of student-parent-counselor meet sessions held during each grade level. 

The assessment section is for students when they complete their reflections on Personal Inventories and Assessments. These reflections will be based on one or more of the following inventories and assessments: Wisconsin Forward Exam (WFE), ACT ASPIRE, ACT, SAT, ASVAB, Compass, Accuplacer, or other assessments. 

In the post secondary planning section, students will include information about their plans after high school. They will include reflections on experiences related to post-secondary exploration activities completed in High School. Students can include a completed application for a post-secondary educational institution as well. Also, this section can include information from attending the College and Career Expo, and campus visits and meetings with representatives from postsecondary educational institutions that come to BRFHS. Lastly, students can include information about educational institutions. 

When filling out the employability section, students will include a variety of activities that allow them to plan their post-secondary path. Some of the components in this section will include developing a resume, acquiring a letter of recommendation, a cover letter and a mock interview. These items will be developed for the purpose of students completing a job search, with 10 accompanying advertisements for positions in which they are applying. This section includes: extra-curricular activities, hobbies and interests, skills and abilities, awards and certificates, volunteer and work experience. 

Career Exploration explores careers through on-the-job experiences. Students can include information related to Career and Technical Education, elective coursework, and experiences in this section. They can also include information from job shadows, co-op or youth apprenticeship placements, health careers camp, STEM camp, college and career expo, and job fairs. 

When filling out the high school highlights section, students select 16 best works from their high school carer to include in their portfolio as evidence of their growth and learning. These examples should be what the students are most proud of and illustrate their greatest strengths. They link what they have learned in the classroom with the 21 century skills that future employers are looking for. 

Additional items students can include to their portfolio to enhance the verification of their accomplishments. Examples include but are not limited to: 
  • technology application of graphics/other multi-media (presentation software)
  • hurdles overcome - special circumstances which made their education more difficult
  • photo documentation
  • college entrance essay
  • awards and honors, both in and out of school 
  • involvement in both co-curricular, sports, music, and youth organizations. 

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