CAPS stands for Center for Advanced Professional Studies

Through a collaboration of education, business and the community, CF CAPS develops highly skilled, adaptable, and innovative leaders with a global view approach. CF CAPS draws on the expertise of business partners to bring real world application into the comprehensive high school experience. Through inquiry-based learning, authentic projects and experiences, students add value to business partners while exploring passions and career possibilities identified by Cedar Valley and state economic trends.

Is CAPS a trade school or vocational program?

No. CAPS provides students the opportunity to deeply explore professions of interest through a problem-based, inquiry learning method. Local and global business partners participate with highly skilled instructors to provide authentic exposure and skill acquisition in 21st century professions. Students can earn college credit and/or certifications while earning elective high school credit.

How is CF CAPS similar to and different from school-to-work (STW)?

  • Both provide experiences in authentic work settings.
  • Both place emphasis on professional skills.
  • CAPS allows a variety of experiences within a field, as well as projects focused on a passion area.
  • CAPS learners experience coursework with a group of learners.
  • STW experience-individual student engages in work experience at a single industry.
  • STW allows for in-depth learning within specific areas, inside and outside, of the Cedar Falls CAPS strands.

Where will the courses be held?

Students will engage in “satellite” learning in our local businesses. Current locations include MillRace, Viking Pump and UNI’s Schindler Education Center.

What are the requirements to participate in CAPS?

Students interested in the CAPS program need to:

  • Believe in collaboration between education, business and the community.
  • Commit to adding value to partnering businesses.
  • Be open to new possibilities.
  • Attain junior or senior status (preference given to seniors).
  • Desire to experience a problem-based, real world professional environment with other Cedar Falls students.
  • Demonstrate business ethics and wear professional dress as determined by the field of study.
  • Spend 2.5 hours a day away from Cedar Falls High School.
  • Provide own transportation.

What is the professional focus for CF CAPS?

Through inquiry based learning and authentic experiences, students build skills in key areas:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Complex Communication
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Productivity and Accountability

How can business partners support Cedar Falls CAPS?

  • Partner to develop and enhance curriculum
  • Provide authentic projects and engaging experiences
  • Model professional skills
  • Serve as mentors
  • Donate equipment and supplies
  • Host a course on site
  • Provide internships