Blue Valley's Center for
Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) was recognized on a national level with the
prestigious Edison Gold Award. According to the organization, "The Edison Awards
were established in 1987 to honor Thomas Edison's wide-ranging contributions to
technology and consumer products, as well as to inspire continued innovation in
our country." For more information about the awards, go to www.edisonawards.com.
What is CAPS?
Innovation is what will grow our economy and ensure that every family prospers in an increasingly competitive global market. Our students must acquire 21st century skills to be successful in the "Innovation Generation." Blue Valley's Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) inspires students to succeed in the critical areas of Bioscience, Business, Engineering and Human Services.
CAPS is an example of how industry and our educational system can work together to produce personalized learning experiences that prepare the next generation of professionals for 21st century opportunities. Junior and senior level students from all Blue Valley high schools will join together in a unique learning opportunity to deeply explore their interests in a profession-based learning approach. Learning is student driven; teachers facilitate the learning process through problem-based projects comprised of authentic and relevant work assignments.
Students learn the professional skills necessary to succeed in today's fast-paced world, all before entering college or other post-secondary educational opportunities. CAPS is all about students solving real problems, with real tools (used by real professionals), being mentored by real employers, leading to real contribution.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Is CAPS a trade
school or vocational program?
A. 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 core and elective high school
Q: What is the
schedule in the CAPS program?
CAPS courses are 2.5 hours long and meet five days a week for a semester. CAPS
courses are offered in morning and afternoon sessions to better accommodate
Q: What are the
requirements to enroll?
A: Students interested in the CAPS
program need to:
- Have attained junior or senior status;
- Have successfully completed prerequisite requirements;
- Desire to work in a project and problem-based real world environment with
other Blue Valley high school students;
- Be willing to comply with business ethics and dress codes as determined by
the type of CAPS study they are involved in;
- Be willing to spend 2.5 hours a day away from their home high school; and
- Be able to provide their own transportation to the CAPS site and
Q. How do I get
- Complete the CAPS
online application, or pick up a CAPS application from your school's
- Submit the application online, or submit your application in person to your
- Students will be provided notice of acceptance into the program prior to
enrollment. Space in the program is limited and students are encouraged to
apply in a timely