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Francis Howell’s CAPS program offers real-world learning

By: Ellen Lampe

A new program in the Francis Howell School District is opening doors for high school juniors and seniors. The district’s Center for Advanced Professional Studies [CAPS] program is a profession-based learning approach where students are fully immersed in the business community, treated as professionals, and participate in real projects, using industry standard tools with real business partners.

“The CAPS program is a great example of how business, community and public education can come together to prepare students today for success tomorrow,” said Superintendent Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris. “Through this program, students will be able to jump-start their careers before they enter college by gaining real-world skills and building a professional network.”

Francis Howell Central High senior Evan Western is excited to take part in the CAPS program.

“Having the opportunity to job shadow and do internships for these businesses will give me the basic experience I need when I do enter the workforce in the computer science field,” said Western. “Another important thing to me about entering this program will be all the professional connections I can make, which could help me get a job in the future.”

The Francis Howell School District CAPS program will begin with one course strand, Technology Solutions, and will launch with 13 students, starting next semester. Students will gain professional skills in high demand, high skill technology solutions careers such as software engineering, graphic design, web development and IT network support. They will collaborate with mentors and business partners to produce client projects and design their own products or prototypes. Students will have an opportunity to learn from guest speakers from many technology areas and make site visits to local businesses highlighting technology.

The district is partnering with Spectrum as the flagship sponsor of the CAPS program.

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