ACP at a Glance

Academic & Career Planning Newsletter Volume 5

This is the place to view highlights of Academic & Career Planning in the Sheboygan Area School District. ALL students grades 6-12 are navigating the SASD ACP process. Each month we focus on a different theme of ACP. Please join in our excitement as we prepare ALL future graduates for the next step in their self-defined career pathway.
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Volume 5: Healthcare Career Pathway

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups. This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for healthcare services." Article found here.

In the state of Wisconsin, healthcare job growth is expected to mirror the national figures, with one of the largest growth areas expected to be in post-secondary (college) health specialties teachers. (Source: Department of Workforce Development) In other words, with the increased need for practitioners and support workers, we also need people who can teach and train the future healthcare workforce.

The Healthcare industry is much more than doctors and nurses. There are many healthcare careers that require only a two-year associate degree or even a shorter certificate program through a technical college like LTC.

Later this year, we'll devote an entire newsletter to understanding labor market demand, but for now, it's important to remember that if your son or daughter has an interest in Science and has a fondness for helping and caring for others, the Healthcare industry may be the path to pursue.

The Four Legs of the Stool

We think of our career pathways like a four-legged stool. The first leg is an introductory course(s). Our high schools have a number of courses that prepare students for careers in the healthcare industry. Both North and South offer Introduction to Medical Occupations, which is a great entry point for the pathway.

The second leg is college credit or industry certificate opportunities. South High School offers a series of three Project Lead the Way Science courses; Principles of Biomedical Science, Human Body Systems, and Medical Interventions which all include the possibility of earning college credit.

We also regularly offer courses in our high schools taught by LTC instructors, such as Medical Terminology. Students who enroll in these type of courses can earn college credit or potentially earn industry certifications in areas like Certified Nursing Assistant.

The third leg is career-based learning. As we noted in an earlier edition of this newsletter, career-based learning is an important part of ACP because it allows students a sneak peak, often times in a hands-on setting of what it would be like to be in a particular career. Job shadows, one quarter Co-ops, and Youth Apprenticeships are all highly valuable experiences for students in the healthcare pathway.

The fourth and final leg of the stool is a co-curricular club that complements classroom learning. In the healthcare pathway, we have HOSA (Future Health Professionals). This club affords students the chance to develop leadership and dive deeper into the world of healthcare. Scroll down to view a short video on HOSA.

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Student Spotlight

Click HERE read about one student's successful journey on the healthcare career pathway at South High School.

Apply now for summer and 1st quarter co-op placements by visiting

Contact Candice Boutelle or your school counselor with questions.

To see the full, continually updated list of career experience days HERE

To register for one of these events or any of our other activities, connect to the form HERE

Save the Date!

Inspired to Hire Job and Career Fair

May 1, 2019


UWGB:Sheboygan Campus

For all students looking for part-time, summer, or full time work after graduation!

What is INSPIRE Sheboygan County?

INSPIRE Sheboygan County helps your student achieve his/her career goals by bridging the gap between classwork and the work world. INSPIRE creates a way for students and job-seekers to actively interact with area employers and career coaches. By encouraging your child to take advantage of the tools, you can help them discover the career path that is right for them and to attain their career goals. Go here with your high school-aged child to view and make a request from the many activities offered by our local employers.

Bonus Video!

Watch this short video to learn more about HOSA, offered at both North and South High Schools.