Eastern Oklahoma State GEAR UP hosts ICAP workshops
WILBURTON, OK (Feb. 20, 2019) – Marissa Lightsey, MSHR Program Manager for New Skills for Youth Programs at the Oklahoma State Department of Education, recently presented two workshops about the implementation of ICAP (Individual Career Academic Plans) for Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP partner school administrators, counselors, and teachers.
During the workshops, participants learned about Individual Career Academic Plans and how they will be key in helping students create a career pathway suited just for them; discovered best practices for creating a career ready culture in their schools; learned ways to plan college and career preparation events in their area; heard about Oklahoma’s fastest growing industries; gathered information to prepare students for future workforce needs; and learned how to connect with families, community members, and educators who are passionate about giving students the opportunity to succeed past high school.
“Ms. Lightsey’s presentations were informative and extremely beneficial for our educators who are working to implement the newly-mandated ICAP,” said GEAR UP Project Director Linda Morgan. “GEAR UP staff are working with partner school personnel to assist in implementation of the program.”
In 2017, Eastern received a seven–year, $17 million federal GEAR UP grant and is in its second year of implementation. GEAR UP currently serves over 3,000 students in 39 partner schools in nine counties.
Marissa Lightsey, MSHR Program Manager for New Skills for Youth Programs at the Oklahoma State Department of Education, discusses key elements of ICAP with workshop participants at the Poteau High School Civic Center.