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New Helpful Career Cruising Documents For Educators

Career Cruising has released two documents that support educators in their use of the program. While not Inspire-specific, the documents will help schools plan how they use the Career Cruising tools overall.

The first takes a look at best practices and suggested use around the implementation of Career Cruising at each grade level from 6-12.

CC Scope and Consequences  includes:
  • Grade-by-grade activity suggestions for 6-12, with a short description and approximate timing
  • Activities grouped by theme (Self-Awareness, Career Exploration, Education Planning, Portfolio Development, and Financial Literacy and Life Skills)
  • A "Go Deeper" column with additional suggestions that build on program activities
  • A section for The Real Game/Be Real Game 

The second document looks at Career Cruising Alignment to ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success. 

This document correlates ASCA standards to embedded activities in Career Cruising. While not specifically focused on Inspire, it is a good resource to increase usage of Career Cruising in middle and high school (6-12). The document is linked here: Career Cruising Alignment to ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors
Career Coach Message Board Highlight: Bricklayer/Stonemason

Student Question:

Where should I go to school for this?

Career Coach Answer:
Weston - Glad to hear that you're interested in getting into the trades. The best way to get into the bricklayer/stonemason trade would be to get into the apprenticeship program after High School. There are two guys that are in charge of the Fond Du Lac region. Randy Weytens - _______@ and Wynn Jones - _______@ You should get in contact with them to see what you need to accomplish during High School to enter the apprentice program. Good luck and let me know if you have any more questions. Sean 
How to Record Experiential Learning Activities? We've Got Options

It's critical to Inspire Madison Region's success that all Experiential Learning Activities (ELAs) that students and/or educators participate in are recorded in Career Cruising. This data will help us learn how schools and businesses are using Inspire to connect. Data on your school's student and educator business engagement through Inspire may be important to you as well. 

Career Cruising provides a workflow for requesting, confirming and recording ELAs from start to finish. However, we realize that sometimes an ELA is scheduled outside of the program. Thankfully there is still a way to record that ELA in Career Cruising. This can be done by any educator with access to a Career Cruising Career Advisor Management System (CAMS) account. Simply log in to your CAMS account and click on the Inspire Tab à Manage Requests à Record a Request at the top right. Fill out the fields provided and the activity will automatically be recorded in confirmed status and will be captured in your monthly report. Please see screenshot above.

 Educators can be online career coach too!

Inspire Status Update

The Inspire team along with its partners in education and business continues to make great progress growing the initiative. Take a look at our latest data.
Counties served: Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Sauk (Crawford, Grant, Lafayette, Richland counties are in the process of adding schools and employers)
Inspire Feature
Current as of 02.20.17
# of Employer Profiles
271 (goal was 250 by April 2017)
# of Online Career Coaches
306 (goal was 275 by April 2017)
# of Careers with At Least One Coach
# of Careers Profiled in Career Cruising
# of Experiential Learning Activities Offered by Participating Employers

In the month of January Our Top Performing Schools and Other Activity Levels:

System-wide Data as of January 31st, 2017

Users with Access to Inspire
Current Total as of 02.20.17
School Districts and other Outlets with Access
38 active (goal was 40 by April 2017) 9 approved to "go live" soon
Students with Access
35,546 (up from approximately 30,000 in December 2016)
Student Portfolios with a Saved Career 16,898 (up from 13,902 in December 2016)
Educators with Access 2,707 (up from 2,453 in December 2016)

Currently active school districts/access sites:

Columbia County:

Cambria-Friesland School District
Columbus School District
Fall River School District
Lodi School District
Pardeeville School District 
Portage School District
Poynette School District 
Rio School District 

Dane County:
Dane County Consortium (Youth Apprenticeship Programs)
Dane County Job Center
Deerfield School District
DeForest School District 
Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison College
Marshall School District
McFarland School District
Middleton School District
Mt. Horeb School District
Verona School District 
Waunakee School District 
Wisconsin Destinations Career Academy

Dodge County
Beaver Dam Unified School District
Dodgeland School District 
Horicon School District
Mayville School District
Moraine Park Technical College
Waupun School District 

Green County
Blackhawk Technical College 
Monroe School District

Iowa County
Barneveld School District
Highland School District

Jefferson County
Cambridge School District
Jefferson County School to Work Consortium (Youth Apprenticeship)
Job Center of Jefferson County

Sauk County
Baraboo School District
Reedsburg School District
River Valley High School
Sauk Prairie School District 
New Collaboration
Inspire Madison Region is happy to be working with United Madison to help build ties between students and area businesses.  United Madison is a movement designed to "Unite and Lift up our Community" through a multimedia "Positive" Service Announcement and "Give Back" Initiative that ties businesses, schools, churches and non-profits together. 
Inspire Madison Region is the platform for United Madison to help connect business mentors with students.  For more information about United Madison, please visit their website at

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Adrian Crabb | Inspire Madison Region | 608-345-8378 |