The Integrated Career & Academic Preparation System (ICAPS), is the implementation of the Accelerating Opportunity (AO) initiative in Illinois. ICAPS aims to provide an integrated pathway in Career and Technical Education (CTE) for college credit and program certificate opportunities for Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL) students that lack basic skills. Through ICAPS programs students work to complete their high school equivalency and are co-enrolled in credit CTE courses/certificates through an integrated instructional model—supplemented by support courses, comprehensive student supportive services, and augmented by team teaching that includes CTE faculty and basic skills instructors. The model provides career pathway/employment opportunities for students while enabling their transition into additional post-secondary certificate/degree programs.
The Transitions Academy is designed to assist colleges and partnerships working on developing Bridge and ICAPS (Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System) programs by increasing awareness of the expanding partnership between Adult Education and Career and Technical Education as it relates to the ICAPS model, Accelerating Opportunity, Illinois Bridge programs, and Illinois Programs of Study.
To learn more about ICAPS visit the Illinois ICAPS website at www.icapsillinois.com