Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) is a Colorado state requirement for students in grades 6-12 that intentionally guides students and families in the exploration of career, academic, and post-secondary opportunities. With the support of adults, students develop the attitudes, awareness, knowledge, and skills to create their own meaningful and powerful pathways to be career- and college-ready. Learn more about ICAP from the Colorado Department of Education.
Eagle County School District uses Naviance to warehouse career- and college-readiness activities that include assessments (self-awareness), experiential learning (different forms of career exploration), academic planning (course plan), and initial post-secondary goals. By following the step-by-step Naviance activities outlined for each grade level, students are prepared to make responsible decisions about their futures when they graduate from ECSD.
The ICAP is designed to assist students in discovering their talents and develop marketable skills for life after graduation.
Below are just a few ways parents and guardians can get involved in their student's planning for the future. After all, you are the greatest influence in their lives and their first role models.
- Ask your student about their ICAP.
- Ask them about their interested in the world, outside of school.
- Discuss their goals dreams and hopes for the future. Allow their imaginations to soar, never discouraging the flight.
- Share stories about your own career choices and path.
- Talk about what has changed and why.
- Talk to your adult friends and family members about their career choices and education/training – ask if your child can visit their work site to learn more about their jobs.
- Volunteer at Back to School Nights – sometimes that will be where ICAP activities happen.
- Utilize your student’s Naviance-Family Connection account – see the resources that are available to help Explore, Prepare and Advance your child's future.
- Volunteer to be a guest speaker in your child's classroom – speaking about your career/job/education. Anything that is authentic and supportive would be great.
For more information, go to https://www.cde.state.co.us/postsecondary/icap and talk to your student’s counselor about their Career and Academic Plan.