INNOVATING PROFESSION-BASED LEARNING IN IOWA
"In this class, you are not teaching students you are training professionals!" Cedar Valley CAPS Associate
CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant
Regional High School Affiliates
WE MAKE PROFESSIONALS!
When local schools connect with local businesses, that creates infinite possibilities for local communities.
Cedar Falls CAPS launched in Spring 2017 with 13 student-associates. Today it serves over 110 inside four different industry-focused strands.
In the Spring of 2020 Columbus Catholic - Waterloo (Tammy Wheeler, Instructor) and Jesup (Allyson Kitch, Instructor) became the first regional affiliates to offer professional-based learning programs.
The Spring 2021 semester will bring the launch of three additional high schools in the Cedar Valley CAPS consortium in Northeast Iowa. Denver (Travis Miller - Instructor), Don Bosco Catholic - Gilbertville (Amy Youngblut, Instructor) and Wapsie Valley - Fairbank (Haley Tiedt - Instructor) High Schools will begin their own Centers for Advanced Professional Studies in their home communities.
Already we are predicting to serve nearly 300 high school students from eight school districts in 2021-22.
WHAT IS CAPS?
CAPS is the Center for Advanced Professional Studies. It is an Innovative High School Elective Course that takes students outside of the traditional classroom for half the day, each day for an entire semester.
They are immersed in professional environments to develop problem-solving and professional skills to work on projects for real business clients.
This experience along with focused development on career exploration helps prepare each student-associate for their purpose beyond their life as a student.
CAPS is a Profession-Based Learning program that focuses on the development of Problem Solving and Professional Skills and puts the focus on Career Exploration to Prepare Students for their Purpose beyond education.
Cedar Valley CAPS and affiliate programs are a member of the CAPS Network programs across the United States, Canda and India.
Cedar Falls CAPS, Jesup CAPS, Don Bosco CAPS and Columbus CAPS programs are STEM BEST models of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council