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New PC-CAPS Program Improves Career and College Readiness

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August 10, 2012

In collaboration with business and university partners, the Park City School District is designing the new Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies (PC-CAPS).

PC-CAPS is not a trade or vocational school. It is a college level, challenging and academically rigorous program driven by the changing workforce needs of industry.  Curriculum is built on industry standards and is designed to provide students the experience and skills they need to succeed both in the competitive college scholarship and admissions environment and in the twenty-first century global workforce.

Junior and senior level students will be solving real business and research problems, with real tools, working with experts in their field, being mentored by real employers, leading to actual contribution.

PC-CAPS, which launches with the 2013-14 school year, plans to partner with businesses and offer courses in Bioscience, Business, Technology, Engineering, Human Services and Media. Business partners will provide mentors, speakers, real world projects, guest instructors and curriculum input for the program. Instructors will be licensed teachers from our district interested in working with small groups of students and their business mentors and facilitating progress on their projects.

“The CAPS Program is a major step in addressing the college and career readiness of our students. It will give them the unique opportunity to participate in projects that deal with real world issues. It also integrates a high level of academic rigor which will prepare them well for the future,” said Moe Hickey, president of the Park City Board of Education.

The Park City School District is committed to giving students advanced learning skills required to succeed in the 21st century which cannot be taught in a purely traditional school environment. PC-CAPS will build on the high school’s successful programs with student projects that illuminate how classroom learning translates into future careers.

Funding for is $175,000 per year, with $100,000 from the Park City School District and $75,000 from the Utah Department of Workforce Services. After the initial two years, the budget will depend on program enrollment and the level of corporate and economic development partnership.

For more information about PC-CAPS see caps.pcschools.us or contact Jennifer Jackenthal, Program Director at jjackenthal@pcschools.us.

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