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Southland CAPS reaches next stage
Southland CAPS reaches next stage
Posted on 12/01/2016
The Southland Center for Advanced Professional Studies or Southland CAPS program is scheduled to launch in fall 2017.  To better prepare students to meet the demands of the workforce, the CAPS model represents a collaboration between education, business, and community providing students with a unique and immersive experience.

Southland CAPS will operate as an extension of the Raytown School District’s Herndon Career Center.  

“For some time, we felt that students south of the river were missing a valuable resource for career education planning and were at a disadvantage in comparison with their peers who had the opportunity to participate in CAPS programs,” Raytown Superintendent Dr. Allan Markley said. “We decided to lead the charge to give our students a similar experience and knew that our colleagues in surrounding districts would support our effort to bring CAPS to the Southland. We are very excited to say that this is finally happening.”

Participating districts include Belton School District, Fort Osage School District, Hickman Mills School District, Raymore-Peculiar School District, and Raytown School District.

“The addition of multiple school districts as part of the Southland CAPS program is an exciting development,” Corey Mohn, Executive Director of Blue Valley CAPS, said.  “This partnership will enhance the ability for all of our Kansas City area CAPS students to connect to resources and provide our collective business community additional options for engaging with the workforce of tomorrow.”

A part of the national CAPS Network, the inclusion of Southland CAPS will bring total participation to 23 CAPS programs including 50 school districts across nine states and will significantly extend the reach of the program in the Kansas City Metro area.

“With the inclusion of Southland CAPS, we will have 14 districts in Kansas City participating with more likely to join Southland in the future,” Mohn said. “This is great for the longevity of the program.”

Different from the vocational-technical education model, the CAPS model creates a unique opportunity for districts to reach students and to help them discover and prepare for their passions in life without duplicating or competing with pre-existing programs.

“The CAPS experience is such an innovative way for students to learn,” Katie Zeiger, Herndon Career Center’s Community and Industry Coordinator, said. They will work with industry partners hands-on, learning more about problem-solving and meeting deadlines.  They will essentially be test-driving their future careers to see if it is a good fit for them.” 

For more information about Southland CAPS, please visit http://southlandcaps.yourcapsnetwork.org/.

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