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The future of work is changing.

Globalization and technology have fueled the Fourth Industrial Revolution. A major outcome of that change will be the characteristics of jobs in that future.

The current education model was designed for the First Industrial Revolution and now must dramatically reform itself to be able to produce people with the skills required for the 21st century workforce. Profession-Based Learning complements college preparation by adding a dimension of career focus that supports students finding their passions and strengths and matching them to opportunities in the market.

Every part of K-12 education needs to redesign its approach and outcomes through the integration of real-world learning to prepare our customers – the students – for that future.

CAPS Alumni Making Impact

The Inaugural CAPS Network Alumni Impact Report is now available! 



Read our former students’ feedback now that they are out in the world. Where are they now? What skills matter to them? Would they recommend profession-based learning to current students?


Click here to visit the CAPS Alumni page to view and download the full report. 

CAPS 100!

It is an incredible honor to bring to you our 100th CAPS affiliate program:

Welcoming the Prince Dan Academy in Kajiado, Kenya to the CAPS Network! 

Founded as a single school district program in 2009, the CAPS model is now connected to 100 affiliate locations, spanning over 170 school districts, 23 states and four countries. The growth of the model is a testament to the innovative educators and creative students in these local communities.

CAPS is a proud part of a broader movement to expand the number of students engaging in authentic, career-connected learning experiences. Each of our 100 affiliates have the ownership and authority to create and manage their programs to meet local conditions and the intrinsic interests of their students.

What is CAPS?

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.

At CAPS, we know any classroom, school or district can:

  • Become a curiosity hub, tapping into the natural wonder and ingenuity of young people;
  • Successfully generate authentic projects to serve as the curriculum for students;
  • Inspire and energize industry and nonprofit leaders in the community

Who We Serve

Hear the Buzz

We have supported over 170 school districts to generate unprecedented buzz as they fast-forward students past high school and college, into the authentic learning situations of a first career. And you’ve never seen students as engaged as this.

"I've just got to tell you, for those that are interested, it's a mind-blowing experience."

Dr. Richard Light, Carl H. Pforzheimer Professor of Teaching and Learning, Harvard University

"CAPS was the best thing I could have ever done. It made me more confident in myself and what I'm passionate about. It made me confident in my decision for my career path and major."

CAPS student, 2020

"Most people try to get outside the box. CAPS destroys the box!"

Clifton Taulbert - Author, Entrepreneur, and CAPS Ambassador

"CAPS taught me a lot about myself, and I've become a better human being because of it."

CAPS student, 2018

"The best part of CAPS was getting to experience and learn more about what I am passionate about and really see a future for myself doing what I love."

CAPS student, 2020