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ICAP-Individual Career Academic Plan and Community Partners

We are going to need community partners more than ever as our high school students begin to implement their ICAPs or Individual Career Academic Plans!  The ICAP was placed into legislation by HB 2155 to help students consider a future career and to design the way to get there.  By 2019-2020, an ICAP for every 9th-12th grade student must be fully implemented in Oklahoma schools.

Why did the legislature determine that the ICAP would be a valuable tool for students?  Life beyond high school requires different, ever changing, competencies.  By 2025 when our current 5th graders graduate from high school, 3 out of 4 Oklahoma jobs will require education or training beyond high school.   As students develop and predictably alter their ICAP, they discover the pathways that fit their talents and then learn the academic preparation and experiences that will prepare them for in-demand careers.

The ICAP process begins with Career Awareness in grades K-5 when students gain exposure to multiple careers extending to career exploration in grades 6-8 where students will take assessments and match their interests to career industries.    By high school, students are creating a career plan that includes career experiences before graduation. 

Career experiences are where we will need our community partners!    A component of each student’s ICAP is an internship or work study/job shadowing experience.   The Oklahoma schools that are currently pilot programs for the internship have reported very positive results from both the business partners and the students!

Tahlequah High School plans to begin the internship program next school year (2018-19).   We will be reaching out to the business community soon to seek volunteers for this important component of our students’ ICAPs.  

It is imperative that we as a community work together to prepare the future workforce—our students sitting in classrooms across Oklahoma today.   Our students really don’t know the spectrum of careers available or the preparation required and they are relying on us to guide them.  As a school district, we are anxious to do a better job of preparing our students in career choices.

Tahlequah Public Schools is blessed with GREAT students---talented, gifted, and well-behaved.  With an ICAP, they can create realistic plans to pursue their career and life goals.   Be our partners in this endeavor, and give the future of Oklahoma an experience of a lifetime!

If you know that you would like to participate or if you have questions, please contact me at presleyl@tahlequahschools.org or 918-458-4100.    Tigers are always ROARING!