INNOVATING PROFESSION-BASED LEARNING IN IOWA

"In this class, you are not teaching students you are training professionals!" Cedar Valley CAPS Associate

A Journey with Be The Match: From Design Sprint to Event

May 19, 2022

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Cedar Falls High School

Business Solutions

Chris Wood, Instructor

Gravite Coworking  & UNI CBGI

CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant

Mae Lillibridge, BSN

Western Home Communities

Education & Training

 Megan Droste, Instructor

UNI Schindler Education Center

Industries

David Grund, Instructor

Plumb Tech

Medical & Health Services

Mae Lillibridge, BSN

Allen College Alumni Hall & MercyOne Cedar Falls Medical Center

Robotics & Engineering

Kenton Swartley

Krtyon Engineered Metals & Viking Pump

CAPS Scholarship

Students involved in a Cedar Valley CAPS program, or with any other CAPS Network affiliated program, have the following opportunity to earn a scholarship toward their enrollment at the University of Northern Iowa.

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Victor Hwang,

Founder of Right to Start and former VP of Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation

"CAPS is the future of education. It’s about teaching students to tackle real-world situations, applying entrepreneurial mindsets, and finding solutions when the answers are not multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank. Those are the skills that create leaders of modern organizations, drive innovation to improve products and services, and grow economic prosperity for all of us."

Regional High School Affiliates

Columbus Catholic High School

Tyann Wolfensperger, College & Career Program Director

Denver High School

Travis Miller

Willow Run Country Club

Don Bosco High School

Amy Youngblut

Farmers State Bank & Hive Coworking

"Our young adults are SO blessed to have all of the support from the Cedar Valley CAPS partnership to challenge the student-associates to be the best versions of themselves." - Taylor Anderson, Principal Denver High School

Jesup & Dunkerton High Schools

Allyson Kitch

CoWork 591 & FSB - Jesup


J-CAPS & 591 Feature on KCRG >>

Wapsie Valley High School

Haley Tiedt

Van Daele Insurance - Fairbank

TruServe Insurance Group - Readlyn

 

CAPS Scholarship

Students involved in a Cedar Valley CAPS program, or with any other CAPS Network affiliated program, have the following opportunity to earn a scholarship toward their enrollment at the University of Northern Iowa.

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Thank You to These Program Sponsors

Through the generous support of these companies and organizations, CAPS is able to build on our mission of Preparing ALL Students for Their Purpose for hundreds of students in the region.

Partner Host 

Iowa's only regional comprehensive university, UNI provides real, relevant academic experiences for a world that expects future-ready graduates.

Champion

Jam City connects people around the world through great games

Partner Host

A leading manufacturer of spun metal components and fabrication parts, with the main focus on being a solution provider for customers' problems and maintaining a relentless pursuit of excellence.

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Friend of CAPS

If you are interested in supporting the CAPS program with a financial investment in our future workforce in the Cedar Valley.
Please connect with us to see how you can get involved.

Featured Podcasts & Videos

Cedar Valley CAPS has had the opportunity to be a part of a number of podcasts and video segments over the last couple of years.  We have found that these featured episodes can give a very clear insight into what CAPS is and the impact it can have not just on the student associates, but local businesses and communities as a whole.  We invite you to click on the episodes below to learn more about how Cedar Valley CAPS have made that impact since we launched our first cohort in January 2017.

A Journey with Be The Match: From Design Sprint to Event

May 19, 2022

THE CAPS INNOVATION CELEBRATION RETURNS ON APRIL 27TH

Cedar Valley CAPS programs helping students hone skills, career int...

Part 1: Overview of the Cedar Falls/ Cedar Valley CAPS Programs

Part 2: Business Partners & the Value of Working with CAPS

Jul 21, 2021

Part 3: Student-Associates and the Impact CAPS Has on Their Futures

Jul 22, 2021

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 close to 175 future professionals inside six different industry-focused strands.

In the Spring of 2020 Columbus CatholicWaterloo and Jesup 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, Don Bosco CatholicGilbertville and Wapsie ValleyFairbank High Schools will begin their own Centers for Advanced Professional Studies in their home communities.

In the Fall of 2021, CAPS Industries is being added to the industry strand lineup for CF CAPS.

Already we are predicting to serve nearly 300 high school students from eight school districts in 2021-22.

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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 partners of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council STEM BEST Program

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