Problem Solving • Professional Skills • Career Exploration

Preparing Students for Their Purpose

Network Info

"We make Professionals!"

The Cedar Falls Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CF CAPS) program is an innovative High School Elective Course that takes students outside of the traditional classroom for half their day, each day for an entire semester.  They are immersed in professional environments to 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 student-associate 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.

Innovating Education

CAPS focuses on active learning. Students are exposed to a unique blend of problem-based, project-based and design-based learning while practicing professional skills taught throughout the program. The program strives to remain on the cutting-edge of evolving workforce needs, working closely with business and post-secondary partners to develop course work that reflects emerging trends.

In the Beginning

CF CAPS launched in January 2017 with one-course strand and has expanded to four-course strands. The CAPS concept was created by the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas in 2008. Today the CAPS Network is made up of more than 50 programs, 100+ school districts in over 15 states and two countries.

Community Investment

[gravityform id="4" title="true" description="true"]CAPS programs establish and nurture relationships with business partners that are mutually beneficial, sustainable, coordinated and multi-faceted. Our partners help shape curriculum, provide projects, support professional development, invest in equipment and supplies and provide job shadow opportunities, speakers, mentors and internships.

Infinite Possibilities Real World Experience in a Real World Setting

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