The Individual Graduation Plan (IGP)
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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 Studies of how young people make educational and career decisions reveal that parents are the #1 influence on their child's career planning. By the 8th grade, all students in South Carolina with the help of their parents and school counselors will be thinking about careers and writing high school academic plans in an Individual Graduation Plan (IGP). The IGP is designed to guide students through career exploration, postsecondary preparation, and workforce transition.

 Finding a successful and satisfying career without proper planning can be difficult. South Carolina students begin the Individual Graduation Plan process to answer the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" by choosing a field of study or profession they are interested in, then developing a plan to guide their high school coursework. The Individual Graduation Plan will be each student's roadmap for achieving his or her career goals - be it technical skill training, college, the military or joining the workforce.

 An IGP includes general graduation requirements, out-of-classroom learning opportunities and electives based on each student's chosen field of interest, or cluster of study. South Carolina offers 16 clusters of study based on a national model (see page 2). Each career cluster is a grouping of related real-world professions. For example, a student interested in being a police officer would select the "Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security" cluster.

 Prior to choosing a career cluster, students will complete career exploration and assessment activities to help them pick their areas of interest. Once they choose a career cluster, students will develop their IGPs with the help of school counselors and parents or parental designees. Students, counselors and parents will monitor what the student has done and still needs to do to meet his or her IGP and will meet annually to discuss and adjust the IGP or change clusters.

 IGPs are one of several new Personal Pathways to Success components designed to connect academic studies with preparation for entering the workforce. While 85% of jobs today require some post-high school education, not all require a four-year degree. Parents and students can use informative resources to explore all options and make an informed decision, including college financial assistance options.

 Created by the Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) in 2005, Personal Pathways to Success enables students to explore and prepare for career opportunities through a more relevant curriculum and first-hand experience - connecting academic studies with preparation for entering the workforce through planning and exploring various career options. All levels of S.C. public education participate in the Personal Pathways to Success initiative.

 For more information regarding Personal Pathways to Success or the Education and Economic Development Act, please call (843) 436-7207 or visit www.scpathways.com.

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