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Published on Feb 7, 2013
Where will the next Steve Jobs' and Bill Gates' of the world come from?
Kansas City's Blue Valley School System's Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) is helping to pave the way for the next generation of entrepreneurs. Students in the CAPS program have created dozens of businesses and products...everything from rechargeable cell phones to a prosthetic knee brace.
CAPS innovative approach to education is designed to give high school students hands-on, real world experience in a profession of their choice. Students are fully immersed in a profession-based learning approach. They are able to gain experience working with real businesses, assisting and learning through meaningful projects.
In addition to being a part of real businesses, students are also paired with mentors out in the field -- individuals who are working each day in these professions. Students in the CAPS program meet for 2.5 hour blocks in the morning or afternoon, receiving high school core or elective credit and college credit. In addition to important profession-based learning skills the students acquire, they also gain 21st century skills such as problem solving, time and project management skills, business ethics and self-discipline.