The Oshkosh Area School District is committed to partnering with the community to help students form a career identity. This supports Goal 1 of the OASD Strategic Plan: Improve Student Learning for All to Ensure College, Career, and Community Ready. A broad array of opportunities are provided to:
- Explore career connections to passions and interests.
- Understand that career pathways have many different entry points and that pathways can be combined in different ways to meet a young adult’s hopes and dreams.
- Investigate similarities, differences, and transferable credits between 4 year, 2 year, certificate and degree programs.
All middle and high school students engage in four career lessons annually through Xello, which is a state-wide college and career readiness software program. Lessons are designed to build self-knowledge, explore career options, create a career plan, and learn about post-secondary options.
Middle School (6-8)
Career planning is an integral component of the OASD’s comprehensive school counseling model. Career exploration opportunities are planned for students throughout middle school.
- Grade 6 - FVTC Tour
- Students tour the three FVTC campuses (AMTC, Riverside and Spanbauer) and engage with instructors to learn about a variety of career fields
- Grade 7 - UW Oshkosh Tour
- Students tour UW Oshkosh to get a feel for the campus life, majors available, and how to prepare in order to be more successful in college
- Grade 8 - Career Cluster Showcase
- Students explore career opportunities through area businesses and post-secondary institutions.
- Grade 8 - Career Path Day Tour
- Students choose a business to tour and discuss pathways within that company
High School (9-12)
The OASD provides opportunities for high school students that support the National Career Clusters® Framework, sixteen career clusters that represent more than 79 career pathways
- Youth Apprenticeships are an opportunity for junior and seniors to gain supervised work experience in the following areas:
- Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
- Health Services
- Hospitality, Lodging, and Tourism
- Information and Technology
- Arts, AV/Communication, and Communications
- Transportation and Logistics
- Architecture and Construction
- Start College Now (Formerly Youth Options) allows high school students the opportunity to take college courses at Wisconsin Technical Colleges. Students looking to take courses in the fall semester must turn in the application by March 1, 2020. For spring semester courses the same application is used, however the due date is October 1, 2020.
- Resume and Interview Preparation in partnership with the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce and Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM). Students in Personal Financial Literacy and Consumer Finance prepare resumes and participate in interviews with area businesses.
- School-to- Work Program in partnership with Oshkosh Defense