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.