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Why we ICAP

Why we ICAP.  And why I/we should care. 

  • Academic Achievement:
    • ICAP development supports academic achievement by providing long term goals for career and college admissions

    • ICAP development increases graduation rate by providing motivation to help students stay on track, graduate on time, and maintain strong academic standing for postsecondary readiness


  • Culture of Long Term Planning:                                          

    • A strong school ICAP culture creates a culture of long term planning and forward thinking.

    • Students who invest in individual, career and academic planning create a vision of success for their future.


  • Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR):

    • ICAP development prepares students for the world of work, career and advanced academics.

    • When students match their interests, skills and abilities with careers and post-graduate academic programs, they become postsecondary and workforce ready.


Students who engage in the ICAP Process:   

  • are more motivated to attend school and stay engaged
  • show us their growth mindset, their curiosity, and their self-awareness
  • own their learning and connect the relevance of education to future aspirations
  • become confident learners who can actively set goals         
  • make secondary and postsecondary course plans to pursue career and life goals
  • step outside of their comfort zone and explore options 
  • have Individual meaningful career conversations, invite exploration, and promote discussion 
  • know how to fail, reflect, and succeed
  • can articulate their strengths and skills and apply knowledge about how their actions today connect with their goals
  • engage in more CTE courses                                                         
  • graduate by demonstrating readiness according to the Graduation Guideline Menu of Options

Jazmynn and Hebert

Why we ICAP: Jazmynn and Hebert, Class of 2021, Center, CO


  Districts and Communities experience:   

  • Greater degrees of equity
  • Improved academic performance, graduation rates, matriculation rates, engagement, and attendance
  • Improved AYP, GPA, FAFSA completion, scholarship applications                      
  • Greater variety in students’ career aspirations
  • Increased participation in CTE
  • Decreased dropout rates, rates of substance abuse, pregnancy rates, suicidal ideation, self-harm,  behavior issues                                 
  • thriving communities: Increased economic stability and decreased economic and education mobility 
  • Successful adults
  • It becomes part of school culture, the curriculum, and everyday instruction


photo of Lauren Jones


Hear from Lauren Jones, ICAP Champion from the Community College System, about the evolution of ICAP and how ICAP changes lives.

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