Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) programs are nationally recognized, innovative high school programs. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit. CAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.

Key Elements

  • Intellectual Engagement
  • Building Community
  • Quality Relationships
  • Collaboration
  • Authentic Experiences and Products

Core Values

  • Self-Discovery and Exploration
  • Professional Skills Development
  • Responsiveness

Profession-Based Learning 

Instructors develop real-world, project-based learning strategies through collaborations with business and community partners. These interactions enhance the learning experience, preparing students for college and career.

Self-Discovery and Exploration

Students realize their strengths and passions by exploring and experiencing potential professions. This allows them to make informed decisions about their future while learning to exhibit leadership.

Entrepreneurial Mindset 

Instructors create an environment where creative thinking and problem solving is encouraged. An innovative culture is key to fostering entrepreneurial learning and design thinking.

Professional Skills Development

Unique experiences allow students to cultivate transformative professional skills such as understanding expectations, time management and other essential business values. These skills are critical to providing students a competitive advantage in their post-secondary education and professional careers.


CAPS supports high-skill, high-demand careers through ongoing innovation in curriculum development, programs and services based on local business and community needs.


CAPS community partnerships take learning to a whole new level by expanding the boundaries of learning beyond traditional and physical classrooms. Deepening connections with the local community means employment pipelines for students, stronger connections between students and community and the opportunity for them to envision a future beyond their immediate circumstances. CAPS is a program that ignites and celebrates innovation, creativity and problem solving. It’s filled with awesome mentors, speakers, students and instructors who make learning engaging, fun and interactive!