Information about the Career Development of Ohio








The goal of Ohio’s Career Development Program is to give students the opportunity to learn more about their educational and career options whilst they expand on life long skills such as decision making, goal setting and developing work habits and attitudes. This program is designed to service all 612 K -12 public school districts through the implementation of career exploration activities and classroom integration activities.

Individual Academic & Career Plan

The Individual Academic and Career Plan (IACP), an upgrade of the ICP, is a planning tool that reflects school performance and career-related experiences. The IACP places greater emphasis on academic improvement and enrichment strategies that include checkpoints to  ensure students are on target with educational and career goals, and helps them identify the career pathway and course work they need to achieve both high school graduation and postsecondary plans.

Individual Academic and Career Plan  

Career Pathway Planner
Choose a pathway from one of Ohio's sixteen career fields
Educational Planner
Create a list of courses and grades earned.
Assessment Record
Record standardized tests and interest and skills assessment results
Academic Improvement and Enrichment Planner
Develop a plan that identifies academic improvement or enrichment activities.
Extracurricular Activity Log
Record involvement with sports, clubs, church activities, community service, etc.
Special Programs and Work-based Learning Log
Identify school and work-based experiences related to career goals.
Writing Worksheet
Work on a career narrative or writing sample


The academic and career planning process provides a real life context for learning by helping learners prepare for higher education and future employment opportunities.

Students initiate their IACPs in the eighth grade and continue to update them, with periodic educator guidance, throughout their years in high school. After high school IACP helps graduates get apprenticeship jobs through their placement program.

Educator guidance is critical in IACP development. Traditionally, English Language Arts teachers have taken the lead, but other academic teachers incorporate IACP development into their lessons as well. In some instances, family and consumer science teachers, technology teachers, and career specialists conduct regularly-scheduled career awareness classes where the IACP is initiated and developed.

Academics and career planning are naturally connected because of the vocabulary acquisition, reading, writing and research activities required for IACP development. The Career Development Unit of the Office of Career-Technical and Adult Education has recently published a guide showing these connections in the context of the Ohio English Language Arts academic content standards.

Parent awareness of the academic and career planning process is essential. Student survey data show that parental influence is by far the number-one factor in a young personís career choice. Involving parents in IACP development can help young people develop a postsecondary plan that makes sense, and is in keeping with family expectations and resources.

Guidelines for implementation of the IACP

  • Form an career planning team consisting of teachers, counselors, library/media specialist, technology coordinator and building principal.
  • Meet to review the IACP and discuss the process.
  • Decide who will work directly with students at each grade level.
  • Determine the schedule and location for educator-guided IACP initiation/update sessions. Once quarterly is highly recommended.
  • Begin IACP initiation/update sessions as close as possible to the beginning of the school year.
  • Keep students aware of the need to update their IACPs on their own with periodic PA announcements, strategically placed posters, and fliers.