"We make professionals!"
The Center for Advanced Professional Studies takes students outside of the traditional classroom and immerses them in professional environments
Student-Associates develop problem-solving and professional skills to work on real projects for real business clients. This experience along with focused development on career exploration helps prepare each of them for their purpose beyond their life as a student. CF CAPS is an example of how business, community and education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high-demand jobs.
CF CAPS is a STEM BEST model of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council and an affiliate of Cedar Valley CAPS
CF CAPS has had the opportunity to be a part of a number of podcasts 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 Falls and Cedar Valley CAPS have made that impact since we launched our first cohort in January 2017.
The FOUR CORNERSTONES
Cedar Valley CAPS programs are built on a customized framework that supports profession-based learning to prepare students for their purpose
Frank & Jacob
"CAPS gives students the freedom and independence to do and pursue their interests. I gained social skills, communication abilities, the ability to work on a team and leadership skills. More importantly, I gained a lot of confidence in who I am and where I am going."
"Honestly without the CAPS program,
and the supportive instructors all around, I'm not sure if I would've figured out I wanted to be a nurse."
CF CAPS Pathways
Course Industry Strands
Earn a Certified Nursing Aid certificate through a special partnership with Western Home Communities, while also gaining training to develop problem-solving and professional skills.
Education & Training
New for FALL 2021, A unique industrial technology program, CAPS style. Embedded within the construction and manufacturing industry and partnering with Habitat for Humanity to make a real impact in the community.
Medical & Health Services
Exploration of Health Sciences and Medicine is a scientific, inquiry-based experience to advance the student’s understanding of patient care, human physiology, disease process, research and ethics.
Robotics & Engineering
The Cedar Falls CAPS Team
Professionals with experienced backgrounds in leadership, education, economic development, business, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, robotics, media, sciences, mathematics, planning and more.
Oral Communications Lead
Cedar Valley CAPS Instructional Support Lead
Instructor, Industries (Construction & Trades)
Auxiliary Instructor, Education & Training
"CAPS is the appropriate way for regional businesses to engage with high schools. It is the bridge between business and education."
Mark Kittrell, Eagle View Partners & Iowa Economic Development Authority Board Member
CF CAPS Advisory Board
It may be too late for you to be a student-associate in CAPS, but it is never too late to get involved in supporting Profession Based Learning in the Cedar Valley.
Do you have a project that has languished as the 8th, 9th or 10th item on your To-Do List? Trust our Associates to take your project to the next level.
"I wish I would have had CAPS when I was in high school!”
- Business Partners, Parents, former CFHS Alumni