The Madison Region has a unique opportunity to gather data on the number and type of Experiential Learning Activities taking place throughout our region because of the reporting capabilities of the Career Cruising system that powers Inspire. That’s why we’re excited that Career Cruising has rolled out a new streamlined ELA request process that will make it easier for educators and business volunteers to track ELA requests starting in the upcoming academic year.
The ELA process has gone from five steps to as few as two, encouraging educators to complete requests from within their Career Cruising CAMS portals. By doing this, each confirmed ELA is recorded in the system. This is critical to measuring the number and impact of the ELAs taking place throughout the year. We hope that in the future it will also help us improve how we deliver ELAs to students, educators and job seekers in our seven-(soon-to-be-11)-county region.
In the past, a student or educator often submitted a request through Career Cruising/Inspire but the ELA coordinator or educator at the school would confirm the date and time with the employer outside of Career Cruising. Those ELAs then are not tracked as completed. So we are asking all educators who utilize Inspire to complete ELA requests within Career Cruising using this new shorter process.
What follows is a table that shows the steps involved in requesting an ELA or managing a request made by a student. Note: although there are five steps listed, there are places along the way where the process can be completed before that, making the process shorter:
|Step||Action||ELA Request Status|
|1||Student or Educator searches and selects a Experiential Learning Activity (ELA). They will then view the ELA description and make a request using the online form. NOTE: The ELA company contact will automatically receive an email notification once the request has been submitted.||Requested (student) or|
|Pending volunteer approval (educator)|
|2||Skip this step if you made the ELA request yourself. If you are the ELA coordinator for your school and Step 1 was completed by a student, check with volunteer about ELA request details such as time and place or confirm if you have already done so. You can do this from CAMS in Manage ELA Requests section. If you and the volunteer agree upon date and time for the ELA, you may confirm the request now and the process is complete.||Check with Volunteer or|
|3||Once the company contact (provider) accepts the request, get in touch with the provider directly by email or phone to discuss details such as date, time, or number of participants. At this point, if the details are agreed upon, you may enter those details, then confirm the request and the process is complete. Or, you may propose a new time for the ELA and wait for confirmation from the volunteer.||Confirmed or|
|Propose New Time|
|4||Waiting for confirmation from volunteer once they’ve received the proposed dates and times.||Pending Confirmation|
|5||The ELA request is complete when the provider confirms the details that you entered.||Confirmed|
In addition to the streamlined ELA request process for educators and volunteers, schools can now set a student’s advisor to receive ELA requests notifications along with the school’s or district’s ELA coordinator.
Below are some additional materials that describe how to manage your educator Career Cruising account (CAMS) and the new updates to the ELA request process.