You once made a decision that CareerLocker was the best system for your students’ career planning and preparation. That truth has not changed! You still have a choice.
You do NOT have to use Career Cruising for ACP! Per the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) ACP website*, “The state selected ACP software system is an optional choice for districts. Districts are welcome to contract and pay for any system they desire as long as the elements of quality ACP are included.”
Here are some of the reasons you should stick with CareerLocker through the 2016-2017 school year… and beyond…
|1 You’ll have uninterrupted, continual service.
By staying with CareerLocker, you will have ongoing access to the best career information system around – with no gap in service.
|The state mandate for ACP services does not begin until the 2017-18 school year!
As of now, there is NO SIGNED CONTRACT with a new vendor and according to DPI:
“This next phase of procurement has begun and may take many months before a final contract to provide ACP services is completed.”
|2 Only CareerLocker has a quality matching classroom curriculum.||The CareerLocker classroom curriculum allows you to use the site to help guide your students through important self and career exploration activities. This curriculum, developed by the West Allis West Milwaukee school district, makes using the site easy for busy classroom teachers. This curriculum meets WSCA and ACP standards.|
|3 Our system is the only one that provides you with validated assessments.||Only CareerLocker offers validated assessments. This is one of the many advantages of staying with a system that was developed through the state’s flagship university.
Students can explore their interests, values, work skills and match them to occupations only on the CareerLocker system.
|4 CareerLocker is the only place you get very specific Wisconsin school and job information.||Only CareerLocker provides detailed information on Wisconsin postsecondary institutions, as well as detailed occupational salaries and job outlook in Wisconsin. This information is updated regularly and is provided especially for Wisconsin to aid Wisconsin students in their career and academic planning.|
|5 You still get unsurpassed personalized service.
You won’t be on a waiting list for service or training with CareerLocker. We are always here for you and can provide training to fit your needs and according to your schedule.
|You’ve always been a valued customer of CareerLocker. We are still the only career information system that was developed right in your state at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
We will be here when you need us for personalized training at your convenience.
|6 You still have access to the popular Learning Styles assessment and the Personal Globe Inventory.||The Learning Styles assessment on CareerLocker is the most frequently used assessment on the site. Teachers tell us that it helps their students understand how they best learn—and that leads to more successful academic outcomes. The Personal Globe Inventory is widely used to help students narrow down their career interests and match them to possible occupations.|
|7 You will get free access to GetNvolved® through a new partnership with CareerLocker.
|Through GetNvolved, an online service that helps students find work and volunteer activities, you can increase the academic impact of work-based learning and community service experiences of students.|
Still not sure why you should stay with CareerLocker?
Did you know that CareerLocker (housed at UW-Madison in Wisconsin) is in 594 schools and 226 districts, while Career Cruising (a Canadian company) is in 409 Wisconsin schools and 100 districts? Why? Because CareerLocker is a better system, delivering more of the features like assessments and local Wisconsin information that can help you to best assist Wisconsin students in their career and academic planning. Remember, you get what you pay for!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly. I am happy to work with you in any way I can to help you fulfill the state ACP requirements. I have confidence that CareerLocker is still the best choice you can make in a software system for academic and career exploration and planning.
Thank you in advance for considering CareerLocker as the career information system of your choice.
UW-Madison Center on Education & Work