New career planning program for Oklahoma students

SULPHUR, Okla. — Oklahoma’s top education official was in Murray County on Monday to discuss the state’s new Individual Career Academic Plan.

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ICAP is designed to help students focus on what they want to do after graduation. And students who attended the event were impressed with what they heard from State Superintendent of Education Joy Hofmeister, who explained how it works.

“They can answer questions like, ‘What problem do I want to solve in life?’ and we begin there, and start looking at courses that need to be accomplished in order to keep the pathway wide,” she said.

Sulphur High School student Dalaan Bassett said ICAP will open a lot of doors for him and other students around the state.

“I’m excited about the fact that — like they said in the video — we’re not going to be just farmers or just fishers… we’re going to be able to prove that we’re not only what they say we are,” he said.

The ICAP program will be implemented at the start of the next school year, and Hofmeister said it should help more students continue their education.

“Only half of our students are walking off that graduation stage and moving into career tech, or into university or college,” she said. “We want to see Oklahoma students’ academic achievement be higher than the national average. We also want to see our state be a top 10 state in graduation.”

ICAP will become a requirement for graduation from an Oklahoma high school.

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