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Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP)

While the ICAP is required in Colorado beginning in ninth grade, Global Village helps middle school students begin this process using College in Colorado, which is a free, comprehensive online resource that can create an ICAP.


The ICAP Quality Indicators consist of the following.

  • Self-Awareness: Understand how one’s unique interests, talents and aspirations play a role in decision-making and interpersonal relationships and how individual thoughts and feelings get students excited about life and learning.
  • Career Awareness: Know the difference between jobs, occupations and careers. Articulate a wide range local regional of local regional, national and global career pathways and opportunities. Consider economic and cultural influences and the impact of stereotypes on career choice.
  • Post-secondary Aspirations: Participate in career exploration activities centered on students’ passions, interests, dreams and visions of their future self and perceived options.
  • Post-secondary Options: Be aware of and participate in a variety of post-secondary and career opportunities. Use tools such as career clusters, personality assessments and learning style inventories to highlight individual strengths and capabilities.
  • Environmental Expectations: Consider how school, family, community, culture and world view might influence the students’ career development and post-secondary plans.
  • Academic Planning: Apply the skills and knowledge necessary to map out and pass the academic courses required to achieve post-secondary goals.
  • Employable Skills: Define, develop and hone skills that increase the likelihood of becoming and remaining successfully employed and civically responsible citizens.
  • Financial Literacy: Recognize personal financial literacy and financial aid topics and vocabulary and know what options are available to pay for post-secondary. Understand and articulate personal financial literacy concepts, the cost of post-secondary options and apply this awareness to the post-secondary career and academic planning process.