Who Do You Want To Be? - The ICAP Journey at JPS
Jenks Public Schools, inspired by a tradition of excellence, is committed to the shared responsibility of preparing all learners for productive, responsible citizenship in an ever-changing world.
The aim of the Jenks Public Schools Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP) is to provide multiple opportunities for students to become college and career ready by cultivating interests, exploring academic and professional pathways and deepening students’ connections to the community through internships and community service. Students will use the ICAP process to make informed decisions regarding course selection, to participate in community experiences, and to prepare for life beyond high school.
Funding for ICAP is provided by the Jenks Public Schools Foundation. With over $80,000 allocated for the current academic year, ICAP is the second-largest funded program for the JPS Foundation.
ICAP activities and instruction are anchored in four focal areas. These include:
● Professional pathways
● Student interests
● Community outreach
WHAT DOES THE ICAP LOOK LIKE FOR JPS STUDENTS?
The ICAP is a multi-year process that provides students with opportunities to explore career, academic and post-secondary pathways. The ICAP is a journey rather than a product and is expected to change over time. As part of this process, each student will collect information and create items to include in an e-portfolio. The e-portfolio items may include resumes, reflections, survey and/or test results, and information about career pathways. Family, educators, and the community all contribute to the ICAP process by engaging students in discussions about interests and potential careers. Activities are intended to equip each student with the awareness, knowledge and skills to create a meaningful exploration of college and career opportunities. The ICAP e-portfolios will change over time so that it reflects the students’ changing aptitudes, interests and growth.
WHY IS THE ICAP IMPORTANT?
Life beyond high school requires different knowledge and skills than in the past. By 2025, three of four Oklahoma jobs will require education or training beyond high school. When a student engages in the ICAP process, they discover which pathways fit their unique talents and the kind of academic preparation and experiences necessary to prepare them for in-demand careers, some of which may not even exist when they graduate from high school.
HOW WILL THE ICAP BE IMPLEMENTED AT JPS?
The ICAP team is currently collaborating to deploy grade level ICAP activities and events at each secondary site for grades seven through twelve. The ICAP team consists of teachers, counselors, and administrators from the secondary sites across the District. The team is responsible for providing rich and engaging experiences in the four identified focal areas.