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ICAP prepares students for work force readiness

Posted: Friday, Nov 16th, 2012




This is 1 of 6 articles series to promote the importance of ICAP process and the school counselor’s role in guiding all students through this process



By CINDYLEE

HERRERA, M.A. LSC

(SLV BOCES Counselor Corps Grant)

VALLEY — The Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP) is a Colorado Senate Bill 09-256 created “to decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates by assisting students in developing and maintaining a personalized post-secondary plan that ensures readiness for post-secondary workforce success.”

This “plan of action” is a system’s approach in which students, school counselors, teachers, principals, administration, and parents/guardians work together to ensure that various services and activities are available in order for the students to achieve desired outcomes in their post-secondary workforce readiness process.

The I stand for individual — which means each student’s plan is customized to fit their needs for successful school years.

C stands for Career — the school system, parents, and community work together to assist the student think of what they want to do after high school; whether it is graduation to work or graduation to vocational/technical or college.

A stands for Academic — the student, school counselor, teachers, and parents/guardian work to ensure the classes the students are taking coincide with the schools respected graduation requirements, pre-collegiate requirements, or work force readiness.

The student’s classes, activities, and community involvement are key factors that assist them to stay in school, focused on their future, and be proud of their accomplishments.

P stands for plan — the ICAP is a plan of action of what the student, school system, parent/guardian, community are working together to ensure all students have an opportunity to succeed in any form of education and ready themselves for their future after high school.

The Colorado Department of Education and College in Colorado (website) are working together provide an ICAP curriculum, resources for students, parents, and schools in which each student will save their information into an electronic portfolio on the College in Colorado website. The site is www.collegeincolorado.org.

This school year 2012-13 all students are creating their username and password as well as beginning the curriculum.

Parents/guardians check with your child’s school counselor to learn more of ICAP process.

Now is the time to assist the next generation to succeed.




















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