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Aug 11, 2021

Preparing ALL Students for THEIR PURPOSE


Giving students infinite possibilities through real-world experiences in a real-world setting with real-world business partners with the Bosco System and beyond


collaborate               innovate              educate

"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. Don Bosco 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.

Don Bosco CAPS is a STEM BEST model of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, and an affiliate of Cedar Valley CAPS

Cedar Valley CAPS: A Proven Model

When local schools connect with local businesses, that creates infinite possibilities for local communities.

"I wish I would have had CAPS when I was in high school!”

- Business Partners & Parents

The CAPS experience goes beyond the current student-associates - it thrives with our Business Partners and CAPS Alumni


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."

Michael M.


The Don Bosco CAPS All-Inclusive Pathway

Course Strand

Don Bosco CAPS Goes Where Students Lead

Don Bosco CAPS has the mission each semester to Prepare Every Student-Associate for their Purpose.  In order to do that, we don't limit the industries that they are exposed to and involved in.  Whether the Associate's interest is in business, education, engineering, medical, entrepreneurship, public service or they just don't know - we are here to guide them to where they need to go to fulfill that mission of the Cedar Valley CAPS model.

The Cedar Valley CAPS model is successful because of the support of our Host Partners

Thank you to the Board of Directors and Executive Director Steve Brustkern for the continued support of Profession-Based Learning in the Cedar Valley and for Don Bosco CAPS.

Preparing You for Your Purpose

Becoming an Associate

Visit with your School Counselor to learn more.

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The Don Bosco CAPS Team

Professionals with experienced backgrounds in leadership, education, economic development, business, higher education, media, mathematics, planning and more.

Amy Youngblut

Instructor, Don Bosco CAPS

Casey Redmond

Principal, Bosco System

Ethan Wiechmann

Cedar Valley CAPS Program Director

Nate Clayberg

Cedar Valley CAPS Program Development Manager

Megan Droste

Cedar Valley CAPS Instructional Support Manager

Diane Flaherty

Cedar Valley CAPS Instructional Support Specialist

“You can’t serve someone you think you are better than.”

Hamish Brewer, Author & Award-Winning Principal

Cedar Valley CAPS Guest Speaker


It may be too late for you to be a student-associate in CAPS as an adult. However, it is never too late for you to get involved in supporting Profession Based Learning in the Cedar Valley at Don Bosco High School.

Become a Mentor


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. Priority is always given to projects that will support our local community, businesses and organizations.


True Return on Investment

This is not an ordinary education program.  The CAPS model has had a true impact on local economic development in the Cedar Valley to develop our future local workforce and our companies. 

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