Career Based Learning (CBL) 

The vision for the Appleton Area School District, “Preparing Our Students For Their Future, Every Child Every Day,” is a vision embraced by all members of our educational team.

Traditionally determining college and career readiness has focused on course work grades and test results. As a school district we have worked to identify additional indicators of a student’s readiness for post-high school course work and the world of work.

Towards this end, the Appleton Board of Education has established a PK-12 Career Based Learning Goal: 
All students in the AASD will experience a dynamic Academic Career Plan. This plan evolves from PK-12 learning experiences, both in and out of school, that support employability skills, career awareness, exploration, planning and training.

Educational Strategy

Career Based Learning equips EACH student with skills, tools, and qualities needed to develop a rewarding career plan that fits their talents and interests.
  • CBL is a ​continuum of activities and experiences ​both in and out of the classroom beginning in ​PreK through 12th grade
  • CBL allows students to develop their​​ self-awareness and a ​personalized academic and career plan (ACP)​
  • CBL is a ​student-driven, adult supported​ process ​requiring parents, local businesses, and educators to collaborate​ so that all students take ownership of their career aspirations​
  • CBL provides all students will graduate with a ​game-plan ​for reaching their future career and a ​support system to help ​throughout the process
ACP Process

Career Planning Resources

Career Cruising
The Sixteen Career Clusters
Directory of Online College Programs
Your Future Fox Cities


Rita O'Brien
Career Based Learning Coordinator
Career and Technical Education Coordinator
(920) 832-6157 ext 2187


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