Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP)

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Want to know how to start your ICAP for the 2022 School Year?

ICAP (Individual Career Academic Plan) plays an important role in helping students determine their postsecondary plans. It can involve components which assess strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, talents, and aptitudes with regard to career and college planning. At CMHS we offer tools to help students begin this journey. Additionally, each semester grade level and the College & Career counselors introduce ICAP curriculum to help students as they move into the futures. This year we have used assessments embedded in our Cialfo system that will engage students to learn more about themselves and how they can best apply that knowledge to future planning. Below you will find resources that can also aid in this process.

Check your Cialfo account under "assessments" to access the Career Inventories. These will assist you in thinking about careers and future planning (and are part of ICAP)

Many students experience a "mini" crisis when trying to figure out what they will do after college. The options are unlimited and this can often cause some "paralysis by analysis". This then, in turn, can lead to apathy or even anger about making future choices.

Rather than making a student decide on a career instead focus on strengths, talents, and what they like to do. This will help them to overcome the fear and begin the exploration process.


One of the best websites to start this journey of exploration is My Colorado Journey. By simply making an account students then have the freedom to take career and interest inventories, explore different jobs, and learn about valuable skills needed to become and stay employed.


Some other resources that are helpful in career exploration:


Career One Stop

O'Net online

Pikes Peak Business Education Alliance (PPBEA)


Senate Bill 09-256 and Colorado State Board of Education Rules 1 CCR 301-81 created standards for Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP). The goal of the provisions is to ultimately decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates by assisting student and their parents in developing and maintaining a personalized post-secondary plan that ensures readiness for post-secondary and workforce success.

Districts must provide ICAP access and assistance for every student (9-12). Specifically:

  • ICAP access and assistance shall be provided at a minimum, annually in grades nine through twelve and should include participation by the student, parents or legal guardian, school counselors, school administrators, school personnel and/or Approved Post-secondary Service Providers as applicable;
  • Each year's ICAP review shall indicate any differences from the previous year's ICAP including but not limited to goal revision, new post-secondary career and educational plans, financial aid opportunities and changes in academic courses;
  • School counselors, school administrators, school personnel and/or Approved Post-secondary Service Providers at middle schools and high schools shall collaborate to ensure that each student and their parents or legal guardians receive information and advising regarding the relationship between the ICAP and post-secondary goals and expectations;
  • The ICAP and ICAP related data shall be available upon request to the student, parents or legal guardian, educator, and/or Approved Post-secondary Service Providers and in both electronic and printable form;

Required ICAP Elements

Each student's ICAP must include a career planning, guidance and tracking component and a portfolio that reflects, at a minimum:

  • Documentation of the student's efforts in exploring careers, including: a written post-secondary and workforce goal for the student; yearly benchmarks for reaching that goal; interest surveys that the student completes; and anticipated post-secondary studies;
  • The student's academic progress including the courses taken, any remediation or credit recovery and any concurrent enrollment credits earned;
  • An intentional sequence of courses reflecting progress toward accomplishment of the student's post-secondary and workforce objectives;
  • Relevant assessment scores;
  • The student's plans for and experiences in Contextual and Service Learning, if applicable;
  • A record of the student's college applications or alternative applications as they are prepared and submitted;
  • The student's post-secondary studies as the student progresses through high school;
  • The student's progress toward securing scholarships, work-study, student loans and grants;
  • Other data reflecting student progress toward post-secondary and workforce readiness, including the student's understanding of the financial impact of post-secondary education.

Each ICAP must be accessible to educators, students, parents and/or legal guardians, and Approved Post-secondary Service Providers; and each ICAP portfolio must be transferable in print or electronic form for internal and external district use so that when a student transfers from one school or district to another, his/her career and academic plans follow him/her.

Colorado State Plan ICAP Brief


Colorado Community College System - Comprehensive Guidance Resources & Tools

Colorado Department of Education 

ICAP Legislation

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