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Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP)

About ICAP

ICAP is a multi-year process that intentionally guides students and families in the exploration of career, academic and postsecondary opportunities. With the support of adults, students develop the awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and skills to create their own meaningful and powerful pathways to Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR).

What's New?

You Are Invited to a Self-Paced, Virtual ICAP Book Study, now through May 16

Participate in Colorado’s first-of-its-kind, statewide virtual ICAP Book Study – open to all. Our casual reading community will enjoy monthly email check-ins, reflection prompts, and an optional virtual gathering in May to conclude our conversations and time together. You may be eligible for 5 hours of Continuing Education credit.

We will be reading Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant and reflecting on the power of “thinking again” within our ICAP practices. Dig into questions about how you think, how ICAP impacts students and their thinking, and what others are doing in the career development practice.

Join ICAP Champions, Kristin Hefflon, Student Services Coordinator with St. Vrain Valley Schools, and Allison Lusero Hoffman, Director of Counseling in Adams 12 Five Star Schools, who will lead the discussion and who have collaborated with folks from the CDE Office of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness and CTE in Colorado.

Email Robin Russel to join. It's not too late!  

Why join?

  • Learning, Connection, Collaboration. 
  • If you love digging into questions about how you think, how ICAP impacts students and inspires their thinking, and improving career development practices, then this book study is for you! 
  • Gain meaningful career development ideas that impact ICAP-ping cultures in learning environments statewide. 
  • Participate in this first of its kind ICAP Community Reads Book Study individually, or invite your whole  team.  

In our ICAP Book Study/Reading Community, We’ll consider some of the following:  

  • How can schools do a better job teaching kids to think again? 
  • What “best practices” in education should we rethink? 
  • How do you embrace the job of becoming Meaningful Career Conversationalists? 
  • How can you stay focused on guiding others toward achieving goals, rather than trying to advance your own agenda?

Questions? Contact Robin Russel





PWR Playbook!

Access the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) Playbook, a How-To-Guide designed by and for ICAP practitioners.  Click below, or on the navigation bars to the right.


PWR Playbook

PWR Practices

Launch and Celebration (recording from October 13, 2020)


PWR Showcases!

Join your peers and colleagues to celebrate robust ICAP processes and strategies that we can scale and replicate. Find out why ICAP is foundational for Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR).

  • Oct. 12, Nov. 9, April and/or May (date TBA)
  • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Each month we'll explore a different topic.  

  • The PWR of ICAP in Elementary School, The Hidden Student, The PWR of ICAP in Partnerships, Financial Literacy - especially for students of color
  • ICAP and Capstone, ICAP in Middle School, ICAP and CTE, ICAP in Advisement/Seminar, ICAP beyond high School...

Register HERE for one or more dates! Find recordings and resources from each showcase HERE.


Katrina Ruggles Photo

Katrina Ruggles with a student

“ICAP has been transformative for our school district. We have moved from believing that we need to create opportunities for students to engage in post-secondary education to an expectation that ALL students in our district will graduate with a post-secondary career plan. We have engaged all staff in our building in this process, creating a culture where students know they have resources and support to reach personal career goals. ICAP is the right thing to do for our students, and we have embraced it as a way to demonstrate the relevance for our students of what we teach every day to future academic and career goals."

Katrina Ruggles, School Counselor from Center High School in the San Luis Valley


Robin Russel 
Graduation Guidelines and ICAP Manager


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