r By Ronda Hair,
The Nebo Advanced Learning Center (ALC) Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) programs are nationally recognized, innovative high school programs. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real-world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit. CAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.
As part of the CAPS model, we partnered with ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineers) of Utah to involve students in afterschool activities. Students have been instructed and taught by several professionals in all phases of project development, taken field trips and worked on projects. Each event had built-in feedback from electrical engineers, civil engineers, architects, builders and other professionals.
CAPS has also partnered with Building Beginnings and Division of Workforce Services. Building Beginnings is a nonprofit organization designed to help those in recovery from drugs and alcohol. They provide employment, transportation to work, case management, affordable housing, and out-patient treatment for those dedicated to staying sober, working hard, and supporting the team.
ALC students completed a mini documentary for Building Beginnings. This documentary will be used by the company to promote their non-profit efforts and by DWS to demonstrate the success of the business to encourage other business owners to work towards a similar approach to hiring.
ALC students are currently working as interns at Rocket Ship industrial design, Atek personal protection and Klos guitars. Working closely with professionals allows students to experience firsthand the skills required and demands that must be meet in the workplace. Each student is having an amazing experience working with mentors and employers to engage in applicable projects. We are very appreciative the support we are receiving from our communities.
For more information on the CAPS program, visit https://yourcapsnetwork.org.