AKCIS Jr

AKCIS Junior

Kids 2 College

AKCIS Junior – 5th-8th grade

AKCIS is a free, interactive, web-based education and career planning tool which helps students identify their interests, explore career pathways, and begin to make their own Personal Learning and Career Plans. The AKCIS Jr. Implementation Plan offers 3 models to meet the needs of teachers with varying schedules for AKCIS activities. Many activities are designed to be completed online, with others available as printable worksheets.


AKCIS is a partnership between the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education and Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development.



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  • Model A
  • Model B
  • Model C

AKCIS Junior – 3 different models to choose from

AKCIS Jr. is a free online program with college/career planning activities and simple instructions; allowing students to develop a personal portfolio account to plan and track education and career plans.


AKCIS Jr. has 3 options to choose: Model A (25 activities); Model B (57 activities); Model C (73 activities).

  • Model A Implementation Curriculum offers a good foundation for grades 5-6
  • Model B (Expanded) or C (Full) Implementation Curriculum are recommended for middle school
  • Students develop a personal portfolio account to plan and track education and career plans
  • Students explore their interests and plan courses to take in secondary school and college
  • Students can explore Reality Check and find the salary they’ll need for the lifestyle they want
  • Assessments and search results relating to skills, interests, occupations, & activities can be saved
  • Students can build custom resumes that they can edit, spell-check, use and save
  • Student portfolios can easily be transferred to another Alaska school, including to the advanced AKCIS version used in high school

To learn more about the AKCIS Junior Implementation Plan and Crosswalks to Alaska Curriculum Standards.

download the full AKCIS Junior Middle School Implementation Plan.




Register for AKCIS Junior

The 3 models provide flexibility so teachers/counselors can determine how many activities to offer students during the school year, and whether it is preferable to offer activities over 1, 2, 3, or 4 years.


Click here to learn more about AKCIS and register your school for an account today.


Contact Shelly Morgan for assistance designing a plan to fit the needs of your students and schedule.



Model A – 25 Activities; 1-2 years


Student Objectives

  • Become familiar with the school’s Career Development Program
  • Become acquainted with CIS Junior
  • Set up a career portfolio
  • Complete and save results of a career cluster or interest inventory
  • Explore occupations and occupational clusters
  • Explore skills, accomplishments, and interests
  • Conduct a job shadow
  • Practice decision making
  • Develop an action plan and cursory career plan
  • Examine skills for success
  • Investigate high school activities
  • Explore volunteer opportunities
  • Create a resume


Model B – 57 Activities; 2-4 years


Student Objectives (Grades 5-6)

  • Become familiar with the school’s career development Program
  • Become acquainted with CIS Junior
  • Set up career portfolio
  • Explore interests and life events
  • Explore occupations and occupational clusters
  • Learn about the community
  • Explore volunteer opportunities
  • Learn about the school
  • Learn about working conditions
  • Learn about employability skills
  • Learn about time management and dependability
  • Complete first of several reflection entries in “My Career Plan” for Who Am I?, Where Am I Going?, and How Do I Get There?
  • Revisit and update portfolio entries

Student Objectives (Grades 7-8)

  • Explore skills, accomplishments, and interests
  • Complete and save results of a career cluster or interest inventory
  • Conduct a job shadow
  • Identify network of supporters
  • Further research occupational clusters
  • Complete Reality Check inventory
  • Explore workplace concerns
  • Practice decision making
  • Create a resume
  • Develop an action plan
  • Develop cursory career plan
  • Practice listening skills
  • Examine skills for success
  • Investigate high school activities
  • Explore volunteer opportunities
  • Explore high school graduation requirements
  • Explore college admission requirements
  • Create a course plan for high school
  • Learn about preparing for college
  • Learn about the costs of college


Model C – 73 Activities; 2-4 years


Student Objectives

  • Develop skills to assess interests, abilities, and strengths
  • Recognize that a variety of general employability skills and personal qualities are important to success in school and employment
  • Use family and community resources to explore career goals
  • Identify ways to get involved in school
  • Relate learning and activities in school to work
  • Begin development of career portfolio
  • Demonstrate skills in locating, evaluating, and interpreting career information
  • Become informed about career opportunities and preparation for them
  • Demonstrate job readiness skills through job shadowing
  • Recognize that occupations may be organized and described in different ways
  • Recognize skills and abilities required for work in different career clusters
  • Learn about the world of work
  • Recognize the impact of family, career, and leisure decisions on career goals
  • Identify financial goals
  • Identify the steps in one model of decision making
  • Describe how information can improve your decision making
  • Identify alternative options and potential consequences for a specific decision
  • Develop a plan for personal growth
  • Develop a career plan
  • Investigate high school activities
  • Explore volunteer opportunities
  • Create a Resume
  • Relate personal characteristics to career goals
  • Describe academic, occupational, and general employability skills
  • Distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors in work settings
  • Identify how skills learned in school subjects are used in occupations
  • Recognize that a variety of general employability skills and personal qualities are important to success in school and employment
  • Relate personal characteristics and career goals to educational goals
  • Apply decision making skills to course selection and career planning