The continued impacts of the pandemic on learner engagement and postsecondary enrollment have heightened the importance of integrated career advising systems. Those systems can ensure each learner has the supports to explore careers and navigate educational pathways. As part of this work, states must examine and improve equity and alignment among systems that deliver college and career advising, academic experiences, career exploration and skillbuilding.
This webinar featured state models from Massachusett and Iowa of integrated PreK-20 advising systems. Through panel and breakout discussions, attendees learned how to leverage Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAPs) and non-traditional career counseling programs to connect wraparound supports and elevate high-quality, equitable experiences for learners.
Advance CTE’s recent resource on Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAPs) provides foundational information on scaling ICAPs at the state level. The goal is to provide integrated, seamless experiences that fully document each learner’s journey to college and career success: https://careertech.orgresource/implementing-individual-career-academic-plans
This webinar was part of an ongoing series that focuses on practical examples of the Without Limits: A Shared Vision for the Future of Career Technical Education (CTE Without Limits) principles and action steps in order to support CTE leaders in implementation. Principle 3, Each Learner Skillfully Navigates their Own Career Journey, instructs us to offer integrated PreK-20W advisement systems and to invest the necessary resources to support integrated advisement systems.
-Stacy Whitehouse, Senior Associate for Communications and State Engagement, Advance CTE