College and Career Learning Experiences

LAUNCH at the Innovation Collaboratory
Beginning in the 2017-18 academic year, this will provide high school juniors and seniors with a unique learning experience that allows the opportunity to apply their learning through real-world, hands-on projects provided by area business and industry. Working in project teams, students will be guided by highly-qualified staff and learn valuable skills in high-demand college and career fields of study. [*Please see the Innovation Collaboratory website]

Internship / Job Opportunity
This is an essential element of the district’s effort to provide a rapid up-skill program as well as an on-ramp to labor force participation. Internships (typically paid) / a job will afford students with opportunities to fast forward into a possible future and fully immerse themselves into a professional culture, experience and solve real world problems, observe problem solving strategies used by employees, collaborate with employees, use industry standard tools, and be mentored throughout the process. Students will develop a deeper appreciation of the business’s intricacies and how the parts fit together to order to truly deliver value to customers. An internship is a shining example of how business, community, and public education partner to create personalized, relevant learning experiences that authentically prepare the workforce of tomorrow.

Mentorship/Job Shadow
A career exploration opportunity for students that occurs through planned on-the-job visitations in a student selected career field. Students may be…
  • provided with a tour conducted by the owner / a supervisor and/or walking and talking with various employees in order to get an overview of their work/responsibilities.
  • allowed to conduct informational interviews
Students will be matched on an individual basis with an adult mentor working in the specific career area. This workplace learning experience can occur in one or multiple workplace settings during and/or outside of the school day. [*Please see the BC/BE Course Offerings Guide for more information]

Other experiential learning opportunities to consider / that could be arranged include;
  • Course specific activities (e.g., solving real, rigorous, and relevant work-based problems / challenges that a business/industry provided to classroom instructors and students; site visits to business/industry work sites to engage with industry standard equipment/tools/supplies)
  • Specific career-centered clubs/co-curriculars (e.g., Robotics, DECA, etc.)

Other Personalized / Dual Credit Learning Opportunities (click on the links below):

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP)
AP courses are currently offered through the Art, Computer, English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science Departments. These courses offer curriculum defined by The College Board. AP courses are equivalent to college level curriculum and require approximately nine to ten hours of out-of-class time per week. The Advanced Placement Examinations are offered in the spring and may be taken by any high school student as well as those enrolled in the Advanced Placement course. Based on their Advanced Placement test score, students may be eligible for college credit or meet post-secondary prerequisite course requirements upon enrollment. All Advanced Placement courses are weighted.

Please see the High School Course Offerings Guide for BCHS here.

Please see the High School Course Offerings Guide for BEHS here.

Course Options (CO)

Course Options
Course Options law allows a pupil enrolled in a public school district to take up to two courses at any time from an educational institution. Wisconsin Educational institutions are defined under the Course Options statute as:
  • A public school in a nonresident school district;
  • the University of Wisconsin System;
  • a technical college;
  • nonprofit institutions of higher education;
  • a tribal college;
  • a charter school; and
  • a nonprofit organization that has been approved by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

    (*NOTE: The aforementioned was taken directly from the WI DPI Course Options website)
For more information, please access:
WI DPI Course Options website
School District of Elmbrook Board Policy 6179
School District of Elmbrook website

Transcripted Credit (TC)

Transcripted Credit (TC) - Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) and Lakeland
Transcripted Credit agreements provide high school students (available to students in grades 9-12) the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools at no cost to the student or district. Classes are taught by high school faculty who are certified to teach the WCTC college courses. School districts select the transcripted courses they would like to offer at the high school(s).

(*NOTE: The aforementioned was taken directly from WCTC's October 2015 "Routes to Education and Employment" document)

Currently, courses that are transcripted are in three program areas:
  • Business: College Accounting, Software Application
  • Family and Consumer Sciences: Principles of Interior Design, Exploring Health Occupations, and Medical Terminology

For more information, please see WCTC’s website

Youth Apprenticeship (YA)

Youth Apprenticeship (YA) - Waukesha County Technical College
The Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program is a rigorous one- or two-year program for high school juniors and seniors that combine academic and technical classroom instruction with paid work experience, allowing them to explore a career while still in high school.
Youth apprentices receive occupational-related instruction and on-the-job training as part of their regular high school schedule, and they leave high school with a state skills certificate and career-related work experience. Those who successfully complete the YA program and graduate from high school may be eligible for advanced standing in specific technical college programs.
YA students are partnered with a workplace mentor and are exposed to all facets of an industry resulting in attainment of competencies and skills set by the industry. WCTC staff provides the regional coordination for the Youth Apprenticeship programs offered in Waukesha County.

To participate in the YA program, students must be:
  • Enrolled in a public or private secondary school
  • On target to graduate or have achieved at least junior standing
  • At least 16 years old
  • Interested in hands-on learning
[*NOTE: The aforementioned was taken directly from this WCTC site

Students that participate in a Youth Apprenticeship placement are required to take concurrent coursework that connects to the program areas listed below. Youth Apprenticeships are operated under guidelines established by the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD).
Required Components to successful completion of a Youth Apprenticeship placement:
  • Students are responsible for finding employment
  • Successful completion of required 450 work hours (an average of 10 hours per week for the full year – including summer work experience)
  • Successful completion of program-area courses
  • Completion of DWD Competency Checklist by their employer (scoring a 2 or 3 on every competency)
Students can choose to complete a Youth Apprenticeship placement in one of the following programs:
  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology and Communications
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality, Lodging and Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
For more information regarding the YA program, please visit the Department of Workforce Development site.

Advanced Standing (AS)

Advanced Standing (AS) - Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC)
Advanced Standing agreements give high school students "credit in escrow" as application of credit is awarded when students enroll in a technical college program. AS courses are for students in grades 11 and 12, with the exception of Project Lead the Way, which allows for students in grades 9-12. There are no fees charged to the student or district/schools. Classes are taught by high school faculty holding a current DPI license in the related area of instruction. High school course(s) or competencies are determined to be equivalent or comparable to a technical college course.

(*NOTE: The aforementioned was taken directly from WCTC's October 2015 "Routes to Education and Employment" document)

In our system, Advanced Standing courses are in two program areas:

  • Auto Strand: Automotive Technology I
  • -PLTW/Engineering Strand: PLTW: IED (Intro to Engineering Design), PLTW: POE (Principles of Engineering), and PLTW: DE (Digital Electronics)

Dual Enrollment Academy (DEA)

Dual Enrollment Academy (DEA) - Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC)
The DEA is an accelerated program allowing students (grade 12 only) to get a "jump start" on a career in a high demand occupation. Students…

  • earn an industry recognized certificate upon successful completion of the program.
  • spend the majority of their school day taking courses at WCTC.
  • must have both parental and high school approval to enroll.
There is limited availability and participation is highly competitive.

(*NOTE: The above was taken directly from WCTC's October 2015 "Routes to Education and Employment" document)

For DEA Programs Areas & information, please access WCTC’s DEA website

Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP)

Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) - University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
The Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) is a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (UW-O) initiative in collaboration with participating high schools.  Via CAPP courses students experience the challenge of college curriculum while in a high school environment.  All CAPP courses are taught by University-approved high school instructors.  Our district has five teachers who instruct CAPP courses.  These teachers were appointed as adjunct instructors by UW-O and they work cooperatively with professors to implement the following college courses:
  • French V
  • German V
  • Spanish V & VI
 For more information, please access CAPP’s website

Youth Options (YOP)

Youth Options
Wisconsin's youth options program allows public high school juniors and seniors who meet certain requirements to take postsecondary courses at a UW institution, a Wisconsin technical college, one of the state's participating private nonprofit institutions of higher education, or tribally-controlled colleges. Approved courses count toward high school graduation and college credit.

The program opens the door to greater learning opportunities for motivated students considering a technical career, wishing to begin college early, or preparing themselves to enter the workforce immediately after high school graduation.

Under youth options, a student does not pay for a college course if the school board determines the course qualifies for high school credit and is not comparable to a course already offered in the school district. If approved by the school board, the student can receive both high school and college credit upon successful completion of the course. A student who successfully completes their high school graduation requirements earns a high school diploma regardless of whether the requirements were met while attending a high school or college.

(*NOTE: The aforementioned was taken directly from the WI DPI Youth Options website)

For more information, please access:
School District of Elmbrook website
WI DPI Youth Options website
School District of Elmbrook Board Policy 6178

College in the Schools (CIS)

College in the Schools (CIS) - University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota's nationally accredited College in the Schools (CIS) program brings U of M faculty together with high school teachers to offer university courses in high schools.
  • experience the faster pace and increased rigor of U of M courses;
  • earn free college credits that are highly transferable;
  • demonstrate their learning on multiple and varied assessments, throughout the course, rather than on a single, high-stakes test.
  • But they aren’t the only ones to benefit from College in the Schools.
  • enjoy career-enhancing professional development;
  • build the breadth and depth of their discipline-specific knowledge;
  • have access to the U of M’s library and research resources.
High Schools
  • strengthen their academic departments;
  • attract and retain outstanding students by offering the rigorous academic challenges they want;
  • increase public awareness of their high standards.
(*NOTE: The aforementioned was taken directly from the CIS Website)

Courses offered via CIS in Elmbrook:
  • Latin IV
  • Latin V
Other links:
Elmbrook’s Teaching and Learning Department Personalized Learning site