FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the benefits of having a Academic Career Plan?

A Academic Career Plan represents a mapped academic plan reflecting your unique set of interests, needs, learning goals, and graduation requirements. It goes beyond the “four-year plan” by recording your connections to the larger community including examples of community service and volunteerism; membership in community organizations like 4-H or faith-based youth groups; participation in leadership activities outside of school; involvement in job shadowing, mentorships, and apprenticeships, and the pursuit of skill development through hobbies, athletics, and fine arts.

What are Career Clusters and Pathways?

Career Clusters are broad occupational groupings based on a set of common knowledge and skills, while Career Pathways are a sub-grouping of occupations and career specialties. Similar to the way Career Clusters are organized, Career Pathways are also grouped based on their requirements for a set of common knowledge and skills for career success.

What is a Program of Study?

A Program of Study is a sequence of instruction (based on recommended standards along with knowledge and skills) consisting of coursework, co-curricular activities, worksite learning, service learning, and other experiences. This sequence of instruction provides preparation for a career. Your school can build a Program of Study designed for a specific Career Pathway.

Can I create an account if I am not a student?

Only Wisconsin students should register for accounts in this section. If you are a teacher, administrator, or school counselor, you can request an account for the main site. Contact your local technical college’s Tech Prep Coordinator to obtain a user name and password.

Who at my high school can help me develop my Academic Career Plan?

Your counselor can help you create a Academic Career Plan designed just for you. First, you can copy a Program of Study (which was created by your high school) to MiLocker on WiCareerPathways.org. After you have copied the Program of Study, it becomes your Academic Career Plan because you can customize it to suit you.

How do I build a Academic Career Plan on the website

There are two ways to create your own individualized Academic Career Plan on WiCareerPathways.org. First, while exploring the site's Career Pathway options, you can view Programs of Study created by your school. You can choose to copy a Program of Study to MiLocker. After you have copied the Program of Study, it becomes your Academic Career Plan. You can customize it to suit you. The second way is to create a Academic Career Plan from scratch from the Mi Plans of Study section of MiLocker.

Is there any cost for using this website?

WiCareerPathways.org. is free and accessible to all Wisconsin residents.

Is the personal information I enter on this website protected?

Yes, the personal data you enter is encrypted and secure. However, your unique user name and photo will be displayed in the discussion forums and game leaderboards if you choose to allow your profile to be viewed in the MiLocker account settings. We encourage you to share your Academic Career Plan with your school counselor and parents.

How do I change my Password?

To change your email and/or password, go to the Account Settings section of your MiLocker page.

Whom do I contact if I find problems on the Website or if it is not running correctly?

Please visit our Help section to report a problem. You may also go to that section to report offensive content or inappropriate forum posts.

Does WiCareerPathways.org offer a spell-check tool?
WiCareerPathways.org does not have a spell-check tool; however, depending on the web browser that you use, options are available to add spell-checking directly in your browser.
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What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a structured system of training designed to prepare individuals for skilled occupations. It combines on-the-job learning under the supervision of experienced journey workers with related classroom instruction. It is sponsored by employers, employer associations, or labor/management groups that can hire and train in a working situation.

The employment opportunity is the most basic requirement for an apprenticeship. Without a job there is no "on-the-job" learning, and such training represents about 90% of the program. Apprentices who successfully complete the prescribed number of training hours in an apprenticeship program become certified skilled workers.

A written agreement between the apprentice and the sponsor is registered with the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, Department of Workforce Development.

What is an Applied Associate Degree (AAS)?

The two-year Applied Associate Degree program (full-time) combines technical skills (except liberal arts) with general education, such as math, communications and social sciences. Credits in this type of program tend to transfer more readily than in the diploma programs. Applied Associate degree programs are offered at Wisconsin technical colleges.

What is a Technical Diploma?

A Technical Diploma program helps you learn occupational skills, hands-on and some programs can take as little as one or two years to complete, respectively, for full-time students. Short-Term (less than one year) Diploma These short-term programs focus on one particular occupation and can take less than a year to complete if attending full-time. Technical diploma programs are offered at Wisconsin technical colleges.

What is the Liberal Arts Transfer Program (Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts & Science, Associate of Science)?

The Liberal Arts Transfer program provides the first two years of a four-year college education (bachelor degree). Credits readily transfer to four-year institutions. An Associate of Arts & Science degree is offered at the University of Wisconsin Colleges. An Associate of Science degree is available at Chippewa Valley Technical College and Western Technical College. Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degrees are available at Madison Area Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Nicolet Area Technical College.