ICAPS Support Program

The Integrated Career & Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) is a guided support program proven to enhance success for students in the following programs of study:

  • Basic Nurse Assistant (BNA)/Phlebotomy
  • Computer numerical control (CNC) operator
  • Dental office aide
  • EMT-B
  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR)
  • Industrial Maintenance (IST)
  • Welding

Upon earning a basic vocational specialist certificate through ICAPS, students may choose to enter the workforce and/or continue on in their educational journey in pursuit of additional certificates or an associate degree.

How ICAPS Works

ICAPS students take classes together throughout their programs with the goal of earning a vocational certificate in less than one year. In addition to attending core career and technical education courses, ICAPS students also benefit from free academic support and career navigation classes specially designed to ensure that students perform well in their programs of study and are ready to start their careers.

ICAPS Program Benefits

The ICAPS program at ECC offers students many benefits, including:

  • A clear pathway of courses that leads to a vocational certificate in less than one year.
  • Free loaner textbooks.
  • Free academic support and career navigation classes that are specifically designed to help you succeed in your program of study and in the workforce.
  • A dedicated student support specialist who provides job search assistance, including résumé and interview skills development.
  • The advantage of taking classes with the same group of peers throughout the program.

Who Can Participate in ICAPS?

ICAPS is open to all students, especially those who are:

  • Daytime students.
  • Looking to complete a vocational certificate quickly to earn a family-sustaining wage.
  • Pursing an Associate of Applied Science degree in one of the ICAPS areas of study.
  • Able to commit to completing the program in one year or less.
  • Ready to benefit from free, guided career and academic support.

For more information, contact a student support specialist.


ICAPS Career Pathways

ICAPS students will complete a Basic Vocational Specialist (BVS) certificate in the program of their choice in less than one year.

One Semester ICAPS Programs

Two Semester ICAPS Programs

Additional stackable certifications leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree are available in most program areas for students who wish to continue their studies.

The BNA/Phlebotomy programs requires two semesters of coursework and a three-week clinical once coursework has been completed.