OPEN TO ALL CEDAR FALLS HIGH SCHOOL AND JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS
From Monday, May 11 through Thursday, May 14 Cedar Falls junior high and high school students will have the opportunity to join other students from around the nation to get an inside look into multiple careers from various professionals throughout the country. With over 20 different professionals ranging from NASA, Disney, CEO's, business startups, and major construction firms, there is something for students of all ages to enjoy. There are no costs associated with this program, students are simply asked to register for the sessions they would like to attend!
According to CAPS Director Ethan Wiechmann, “Our associates are asked to grow in three pivotal areas during their time with us; Problem-Solving, Professional Skills and Career Exploration.” Providing an opportunity for associates to interact with professionals has always been a top priority. “When speaking with other CAPS programs around the nation, we realized we weren’t the only ones stuck inside, and it may be a great opportunity to engage our communities and professionals within them to build a unique connection with our high school students and associates around the nation.”
Pulitzer nominated author and serial entrepreneur, Clifton Taulbert, will present a closing keynote entitled: “Discover Your Abundant Talent” on May 14, at 3 p.m. Taulbert states, “The future matters as does the generation that represents our future.” He continues, “What better time than now to understand that challenges bring forth the opportunity to dream and reach beyond our present reality and to engage technology in the people connecting process.”
Discussing the need for such a program, CF CAPS Instructor and College & Career Counselor Chris Wood adds, “High school student enrollment into higher education is growing around the nation, however students persisting from year one of their education to year two are still underachieving.” He said, “In CAPS, we believe that seeking post secondary education is critical, but knowing why is even more important. If students can learn more about what types of careers are available from professionals themselves, we’re on the right path to helping them to find value in their education and a path forward to their next steps.”
About the CAPS Program:
The Cedar Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CV CAPS) program is a consortium of local school districts including Cedar Falls CSD, Columbus Catholic, Denver CSD, Don Bosco Catholic, Jesup CSD, Wapsie Valley CSD, and Waterloo CSD. CAPS 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. Associates 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 associate for their purpose beyond their life as a student. CV 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.