Career & College Learning Opportunities
LAUNCH at the Innovation Collaboratory
LAUNCH provides a unique learning experience (via actual courses and in areas such as project management, data science, entrepreneurship & sales, innovation / design thinking, and teamwork) where students connect academic and technical knowledge and skills to engage in real-world business problems, projects, needs and ideas. Students will have the opportunity to learn in courses taught by Elmbrook teachers and also be guided by business/industry professionals as they work collaboratively with peers to provide real solutions to business/industry projects/problems.
For more details, visit the LAUNCH website and/or review the High School Course Guide.
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.
A career exploration opportunity for students that occurs through planned on-the-job visitations in a student selected career field. Students will be matched on an individual basis with an adult/professional mentor working in the career interest area. An individual plan, developed by the student and mentor/supervisor, helps structure and guide the experience. The job shadow experience requires 40 hours in a workplace setting (single or multiple) during the school day and/or outside of the school day. The job shadow can occur over a summer and/or (typically) one or two terms and will be unpaid. Consider this opportunity if you are a junior or senior and wondering about a particular career field.
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):
For a quick overview of opportunities, please click here.
- Advanced Placement (AP)
- Course Options (CO)
- Transcripted Credit (TC)
- Youth Apprenticeship (YA)
- Advanced Standing (AS)
- Dual Enrollment Academy (DEA)
- Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP)
- Youth Options (YOP)
- College in the Schools (CIS)
- Career & Employment Opportunities (CEO)
Courses offer curriculum defined by The College Board. Advanced Placement courses are equivalent to college level curriculum and require approximately nine to ten hours of out-of-class time per week. AP examinations are offered in the spring (May) and may be taken by any high school student as well as those enrolled in the AP course. Based on a student’s AP test score, the student may be eligible for college credit or meet post-secondary prerequisite course requirements upon enrollment.
For more information, please visit the AP site and/or review the High School Course Guide.
Course Options law allows a pupil enrolled in a public school district to take up to two (2) 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)
WI DPI Course Options website
School District of Elmbrook Board Policy 6179
School District of Elmbrook website
High school students may earn both high school and postsecondary credit from a technical college or a four-year college or university for successfully completing college level courses. These courses are often referred to as “Dual Credit”. CAPP and CIS are examples of “Dual Credit” opportunities.
- For more information, please review the High School Course Guide
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
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)
- Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
- Architecture and Construction
- Arts, A/V Technology and Communications
- Health Science
- Hospitality, Lodging and Tourism
- Information Technology
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
- Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
Advanced Standing (AS) - Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC)
Provides students with “credit in escrow” because the application of the credit is delayed until students enroll in a technical college program. No fees are charged to the student or district. Classes are taught by high school faculty who hold 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. Agreements require a minimum of a 3.0 grade point on a 4.0 scale for students to earn credit. The student must meet all conditions of the articulation agreement. Technical college credits are awarded; however, technical college grades are not given for these courses. Also, each student who completes a PLTW course (IED, POE, DE) may have an option to receive college credits from The University of Iowa. However, only one option may be chosen for each course.For more information review the High School Course Guide.
Dual Enrollment Academy (DEA) - Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC)
WCTC’s Dual Enrollment Academy is designed to provide high school seniors with a head start in jobs in high-demand fields [Tool and Die/CNC, Welding/Fabrication, Automation Systems (Robotics), IT Systems Specialist, or Hospitality Specialist] while providing them an opportunity to earn college credits – prior to high school graduation. The initiative awards participants with a WCTC diploma (upon successful completion) along with high school credits.
Students spend the majority of their school day, both fall and spring semesters of their senior year, at WCTC participating in the DEA.
Beyond gaining college credit, participation in the DEA helps high school students ease the transition from high school to post-secondary education, giving them insight into college academics. The initiative also benefits business and industry by having an immediate impact on private-sector employers looking for skilled talent.
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.
(*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
CAPP is a UW Oshkosh initiative and collaboration with participating high schools to provide academically capable students an opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. It is a concurrent enrollment program, meaning courses are taught for the most part during the regular school day, by certified high school teachers who hold adjunct lecturer status with UW Oshkosh.
- For more information, please access CAPP’s website, and/or review the High School Course Guide
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
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.
- strengthen their academic departments;
- attract and retain outstanding students by offering the rigorous academic challenges they want;
- increase public awareness of their high standards.
- Latin IV
- Latin V
For more information, please review the CIS Website and/or the High School Course Guide.
Learn career and life skills while you earn! Students can engage in this personalized learning, seminar course to further support the development of professional knowledge and skills which can then be applied to real world work experiences.
For more information, please review the High School Course Guide (Experiential Learning