Post-Secondary and Career Readiness (PCR)
PCR is a comprehensive guidance plan to expose students in grades 9-12 to the following five pillars:
- Academic Readiness
- Admissions Readiness
- Career Readiness
- Financial Readiness
- Personal/Social Readiness
Each grade level has the following main focus:
- 9th Grade: High School Success
- 10th Grade: Career Exploration
- 11th Grade: Post-Secondary Program Selection
- 12th Grade: Post-Secondary Success
Students will have lessons and workshops throughout the year covering essential curriculum to help them determine their future pathway of employment, career and post-secondary plans, whether that be a path to an
apprenticeship, a certificate program, the military, a community college, a college, a university or employment. Students will complete smart goals, their high school credit analysis, work on their MCIS
(Minnesota Career Information System) portfolio development and their PLP (Personal Learning Plan) where the following is identified:
- Career Goals & Interests & Occupations
- Educational Plans & Postsecondary Schools of Interest
- Personal Self-knowledge and Career Assessments
- Volunteer and Community Service & Extracurricular Activities
- Employment History
PCR will take place on selected days throughout the school year during 7th period with a student's Connect teacher. There will be three PCR Workshops days throughout the year where students will have a longer period
of time to complete their objectives.
Experiential Learning Requirement
As part of the State of Minnesota statutes, section 120B.125 legislation requires all students to have a "plan" (complete their PLP, or Personal Learning Plan) around seven key elements. The seven key elements
and plan should include academic scheduling, career exploration, 21st century skills, community partnerships, college access, all forms of postsecondary training, and experiential learning opportunities. All
seven key elements are incorporated into PCR or Post-Secondary Career Readiness at Austin High School.
The seventh component, Experiential Learning is documented with a paper form as well as in MCIS, or Minnesota Career Information System. All students at Austin High School have a MCIS account where they
document their PLP and Experiential Learning. Student will document Experiential Learning in three ways:
- Students will go to "Plan" tab then "Checklist". Click on Grade 12 "View" on Checklist Name. Click on "Experiential Learning, Job Shadowing, Internship Requirement". In box provided (What Exploration
or Job Shadowing do you want to pursue?),document the Experiential Learning you completed with a brief description of your experience and what you gained/learned from your experience. Insert "today's date",
"Save Information", and tell your Connect teacher that you have completed this assignment.
- Students will go to the "Plan Tab" then "Career Plan" and then "Next Steps". On left hand side under "Make Plans" choose "Experiential Learning Plans" and complete questions about other plans for
experiential learning opportunities, job shadowing, mentoring, internship or community service learning. Students will "Insert Today's Date" when they complete this and "Save Information".
- Students should show completed paperwork to the attendance office then Connect teachers should be given the completed paper form, which would be signed by the supervisor of their experience. This
paperwork will prompt the Connect teacher to approve their experience in MCIS.
Students may schedule 1/2 day excused absence up to once a year for this experience.