OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law on Wednesday, April 18 a bill expanding the scope of information provided to students through the Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP).
House Bill 2911 by state Rep. Mickey Dollens and Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, makes changes to a college and career planning tool for high school students known as the ICAP. The measure widens the ICAP process by directing participants to also look at post-secondary career and opportunities such as apprenticeship programs, military careers and career and technology programs leading to certification or licensure. This is in addition to traditional information like potential college and university options.
“Oklahoma has a wealth of fantastic trade schools and apprenticeship programs, but unfortunately many students aren’t aware of these opportunities,” said Dollens, D-Oklahoma City. “Through HB 2911, school districts across the state will have a uniform method of informing students of various options for life after high school.”
In 2017, the Legislature passed a bill creating the ICAP, which will soon be implemented in all schools across the state. HB 2911 amends ICAP requirements to ensure students are getting the most out of their individual career and academic plans.
“I’m grateful for the wide bipartisan support this important legislation received in both the House and the Senate. Now, with Gov. Fallin’s approval, thousands of high schoolers across our state will be better equipped for the next step of their career and education,” said Dollens.
This law will take effect Nov. 1, 2018.