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College and Career Readiness

The Department of College and Career Readiness works to overcome the barriers that students face. Students need "whole child" support to become aware of the pathways to their careers of interest, they must be academically ready to follow those pathways, and they must be prepared with the life skills needed to navigate their chosen pathway. The Department of College and Career Readiness coordinates available resources, including community organizations and postsecondary institutions, to support MPS faculty, families, and students in fostering a college‐going culture. This department includes college and career planning, career and technical education, extended learning opportunities, and school counseling and academic planning.

 

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Alternative Program Options

Milwaukee Public Schools offers a variety of alternative education programs for students.

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M3 (M-cubed) College Connections Program

The M3 College Connections program is an innovative dual-enrollment program of Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM) that allows eligible students to complete their high school graduation requirements while earning college credits from both MATC and UWM at no expense to the student.

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Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education develops and supports career-themed curriculum, work-based learning, and community partnerships to prepare students for college and careers in high-demand, high-skill industries.

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Postsecondary Partners

Partners support students' postsecondary attainment through a variety of programs such as tutoring, workshops, internships, and summer pre-college programs.

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College and Career Centers

Milwaukee Public Schools College and Career Centers are a free resource for students in grades 6–12 and beyond.

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Programming

Programming for K5 to grade 12 students includes project-based learning, hands-on experiential learning, credit recovery, and credit acceleration options.

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Community Service

Students who participate in thoughtfully designed community service experiences are more likely to do well in school, graduate, vote, and become responsible citizens.

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Project Lead the Way

PLTW is a nationally established program focused on preparing the future technical and engineering workforce.

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Competency-Based Program

MPS provides a competency-based option for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements for GEDO #2. This approach is personalized, offering high school students an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency through a path that is specific to individual student needs.

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Scholarships

Scholarships provide free money for college. Scholarships can reduce your out-of-pocket costs and student loan debt.

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Credit Recovery

The Edgenuity program uses an online curriculum that aligns to MPS expectations regarding curriculum and rigor.

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School Counseling

The Milwaukee Public Schools recognizes that comprehensive school counseling programs are essential to each student’s academic achievement, personal and social development, and career success. College and career readiness is a major aspect of the experience at our schools. School counselors serve as a school leader, student advocate, and team collaborator to remove systemic barriers to student success.

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Culinary Arts

Culinary jobs are not just first jobs – they can help lead students on a career path to success, especially if young people have the right training in high school. That’s where culinary arts programs in MPS give high school students a unique head start.

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Service-Learning

Service-learning is a way to teach and learn that connects classroom studies with the care and concern students naturally have for their world.

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Extended Learning Adventures

Extended learning adventures and camps give students K5-grade 12 the opportunity to pursue new interests, discover their passion, and engage in hands-on experiences.

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Summer Academy

The Summer Academy program is an innovative approach to extending the learning opportunities for Milwaukee students. The program has been developed to build on this foundation while preparing students for the next grade level's standards.

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Extended Learning Opportunities

MPS offers a variety of extended learning opportunities (ELO) that provide more time for academics and enrichment beyond the conventional school day (for example, extended day, out-of-school breaks, weekends, and summer).

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Wisconsin Challenge Academy

The Wisconsin Challenge Academy is an opportunity for students ages 16 years 9 months to 18 years to attend a six-month residency at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. Students accepted for the program work on soft skills and high school equivalency diploma test preparation.

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General Educational Development Program (GEDO #2)

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction authorizes Milwaukee Public Schools and other districts to operate school-based GED Option #2 (GEDO #2) programs. Certain requirements need to be met for enrollment.

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Xello

Milwaukee Public Schools students in K5–grade 12 use Xello (formerly Career Cruising) to learn more about themselves and to develop their academic and career plan. Xello is an online program that helps students build their skills, knowledge, and plans to be future-ready.

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Learning Journeys Program

Learning Journeys are educational field trips for all MPS students. The goal of each Learning Journey is to put content-based instruction into practice that enables students to develop skills not only for academics but also for career exploration.

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Contacts

Phone: 414-475-8611
Email: hilljr@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Director of College and Career Readiness:
Dr. John Hill
Office of Academics 

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Graduation Requirements

Learn more about the high school graduation requirements, which are new for students starting with the graduating class of 2015 in Milwaukee Public Schools. There is an overall minimum of 22 units required to graduate.

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