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Post Graduation Planning

Planning for after high school ensures that students are engaged and graduate ready for success in postsecondary and the workforce

As you develop your Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP), it is important to think about the best pathway for you.  Your ICAP allows you the opportunity to research and ask questions about different postsecondary options. Naviance can help support your research and exploration.

Colorado's Postsecondary Workforce Readiness Description
"Colorado high school graduates demonstrate the knowledge and skills (competencies) needed to succeed in postsecondary settings and to advance in career pathways as lifelong learners and contributing citizens." Source: Adopted by the Colorado State Board of Education and Colorado Commission on Higher Education (Winter 2016).

Four- Year University

  • earn a Bachelor's degree
  • starting point for more advanced training

Two-Year University

  • earn an Associate's degree
  • credit can transfer to a four-year university

Vocational/Technical College

  • provides specialized training
  • can lead to certification or licensure


  • on-the-job training paid for by the employer
  • length of time varies

Gap Year

  • explore organized opportunities for personal growth and experience


  • obtain full-time employment in order to become self-sufficient

Military Academy 

  • rigorous acceptance process
  • provides instruction and experience to become a military officer

Military Enlistment

  • length of training varies
  • opportunities available for many different career pathways