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Integrated Career & Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) Program

ICAPS provides career navigation and personalized advising to prepare students for the workforce in welding, computer numerical control (CNC) operator, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR), dental office aide, computer integrated manufacturing (CIM), or integrated systems maintenance technology (IST). Most offerings are one-year programs leading to a certificate and National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC). Degree options are also available.

How the ICAPS Works

Students attend their career and technical courses as a team and stay together throughout the duration of the program. A career navigator for the program works with students to provide additional career and employability training. Students will also be provided internship and job search assistance.

Who Should Apply

The program is designed for students interested in a high-growth, high-wage careers who:

  • Are pursuing a High School Equivalency (HSE) certificate.
  • Have a high school diploma.
  • Need to improve their English language, reading, or math skills.
  • Can commit to completing the program in less than one year.

ICAPS Program Benefits

  • Completion of a vocational certificate in less than one year.
  • Dedicated career navigator to assist you throughout the educational process.
  • Free academic support classes.
  • A three credit hour tuition waiver.
  • Provided textbooks.
  • Help with your job search, résumé development, and interview skills.

Financial Aid

For those who apply and qualify, ECC can also help with the financial aid process. Learn more»

ICAPS Pathways

Students entering the program will complete the initial certification of their choice in less than one year. Additional certifications leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree are available in most program areas for students who wish to continue their studies.

ICAPS program pathways include the following four certificates:

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator

Basic Vocational Specialist Certificate: CNC Operator. ShowHide details


Basic Vocational Specialist Certificate: Welding. ShowHide details

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVACR)

Basic Vocational Specialist Certificate: Heating, AC, & Refrigeration Level I and Level II. ShowHide details

Dental Office Aide

Basic Vocational Specialist Certificate: Dental Office Aide. ShowHide details

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