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Career and College Readiness Curriculum

Do your students graduate with the skills and knowledge necessary to transition into the workforce or a college academic program? Do they understand how to pick a career, how to apply to college, or how to navigate the financial aid process? Are they ready for life after high school?

The ICAN Career and College Readiness Curriculum is designed to guide students through each step of the planning process for life after high school. Beginning in 9th grade and building each successive year, this curriculum lays the foundation for the critical decisions every student will face come graduation, and provides guidance, activities, and resources to help them succeed.

Featuring approximately 22 age- and grade-specific lessons, each correlated to Iowa standards, covering Career Preparation/Selection, Academic Preparation, Financial Literacy, and College Selection and Application, the curriculum is flexible enough to enable it to be used ongoing through a student's advisement class, as a stand alone class, or integrated with existing classes.

As part of the program, participating schools receive hands-on and in-depth training on the concepts, resources, and activities covered in these lessons, and gain access to an online portal containing easy to implement lesson plans, PowerPoints, worksheets, and more. Further training outlines how to integrate career and college readiness into not only the school counseling program, but into each classroom to build a college-going culture.

As of August 2020, 45 high schools are implementing ICAN's Career and College Readiness Curriculum. To learn more click here.

ICAN Curriculum Overview

The following video is provides an overview of the development of the ICAN program, an overview of the lessons included in the program, and information on the training process.

ICAP Fulfillment

The ICAN Career and College Readiness Curriculum is designed to supplement a district's designated career information system in meeting ICAP requirements. ICAN is currently in discussions with the Iowa Department of Education working toward an official designation as an ICAP supplemental system. 

Curriculum Lessons

Download a summary of each lesson

Academic Preparation

  • Activities Resume
  • Study Skills/Test Prep
  • GPA/Foriegn Language
  • Social Media and Effective Communication

Career Preparation/Selection

  • Life After High School/Big Picture
  • Career Assessments
  • Employability: Job Shadows and Internships
  • Exploring CTE
  • Exploring Apprenticeships

College Selection/Application

  • College Comparisons
  • Return on College Investment (ROCI)
  • Scholarship Process
  • How to Apply
  • College 101

Financial Literacy

  • Student Debt Reality
  • Basic Budgeting
  • LifeStore: A Bugeting Simulation
  • Financial Literacy: Understanding Credit
  • Internet Safety/Identity Theft
  • Income Taxes

Training Options

Spend a day with the ICAN team learning the concepts of career and college readiness and the best strategies for implementation of the curriculum. Leave with:

  • A curriculum binder full of lesson plans, worksheets, instructions, and outlines for each lesson
  • Online portal access to download PowerPoints, worksheets, lesson plans and training videos.
  • Ongoing support and assistance for questions, best practices, and implementation guidance.

ICAN provides the following flexible training options to help you maximize the curriculum within your school setting:


This full-day session, which is included in the licensing price of the curriculum, gives your high school one seat at ICAN’s scheduled regional training sessions. This session is designed to train one member of your high school who is then the on-site lead for training of others and overall implementation of the curriculum. Additional seats at the training are $100. 

Building-wide Training

This is an optional day-long training where the ICAN team will travel to your high school and train staff on the curriculum and implementation strategies. Cost: $250 plus licensing fee. To schedule a training date at your school contact ICAN.

License Fee

$1,475 per high school. 
The license fee is for the first year. An annual renewal of $450 will be required for continued access to the online portal, new and updated lessons, and ICAN training and support beyond year one.
Discounts available for districts implementing within multiple high schools. Contact ICAN for details.

Training Dates

In-Person training for curriculum is runs - 8:30 am - 2:30 pm and includes a lunch break

Training will be offered on the following dates.

  • September 23, 2020 - Virtual (8 am - Noon)

Click here to register for a training.


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