Preparing ALL Students for THEIR PURPOSE
"CAPS is a great experience that will tear you down & build you from the ground up into a better person. Your weaknesses will become your strengths. Your strengths will become your gifts. It sounds scary, but you will become a better person & professional." - CV CAPS Alumni
Infinite possibilities through real-world experiences in the community setting with engaged business partners in the Cedar Valley Region of Iowa
"We make professionals!"
For over five years, 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
The FOUR CORNERSTONES of CAPS
The Cedar Valley CAPS programs are built on a customized framework that supports profession-based learning to prepare students for their purpose
Are You Interested in Learning More About CAPS? Check out these Podcasts
If you are a school administrator, teacher, or local school advocate interested in learning more about the CAPS concept at Cedar Falls, check out the posts below.
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.
Friend of CAPS
If you are interested in supporting the CAPS program with a financial investment in our future workforce in the Cedar Valley.
"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." - Frank & Jacob - CF CAPS Alumni, Summer '19
"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." - Erin - CF CAPS Alum, Spring '17
"I thought that the Oral Communication training went hand in hand with our CAPS experience. Without this class built-in to CAPS, we would not have done as well on speeches and in our communication within teams. It was also very nice to get all of the credits completed in one class." - CF CAPS Alum, Fall '21
CF CAPS Pathways
Course Industry Strands
Most CF CAPS Experiences also include Fundamentals of Oral Communication credit as well
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
Preparing You for Your Purpose
Becoming an Associate
Visit with your School Counselor to learn more.
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. By identifying that you will receive a minimum of $1,000 CAPS scholarship.
The Cedar Falls CAPS Team
Professionals with experienced backgrounds in leadership, coaching, consulting, education, economic development, business, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, robotics, media, sciences, mathematics, planning and more.
CAPS Communications Coach
Auxiliary Instructor, CAPS LEGEND
"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 sat as the 8th, 9th or 10th item on your To-Do List? If you don't have the time to work on it, you can 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