How It Works
CAPS is the K-12 industry leader in a framework called profession-based learning (ProBL).
Pro-BL is the highest form of experiential learning. Instructors design real-world learning experiences through collaborations with industry partners. These personalized learning experiences will challenge the student to apply technical and essential skills in an authentic professional situation to develop outcomes that satisfy real needs.
Why Experiential Learning?
Makes learning relatable to students:
Students build on what they already know and are provided with opportunities to make connections between new concepts and existing ones.
Assists in memory retention:
By building strong relationships between feelings and thinking processes. Students have the capacity to learn successfully when the information is associated with values and feelings.
Increases the effectiveness of learning:
Students engage in critical thinking, acquire problem solving skills and engage in decision making.
Leads to development of skills for lifelong learning:
By assisting in the acquisition of essential skills and encouraging students to reflect, conceptualize, and plan for next steps.
Links theory to practice:
Students have the chance to engage in the experience and practice what they have learned, see the application of the theoretical concepts in practice, process that application and make generalizations.
Increases students’ engagement:
By encouraging collaboration and scaffolding between learners.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the CAPS Model?
What is the CAPS Network?
Why is CAPS needed?
What is Profession-based Learning and how does it differ from other forms of career learning to include CTE and career academy models?
What professional strands are offered for student self-discovery in a CAPS program?
Does the CAPS Network provide a set curriculum that the program must conform to?
Is membership in the CAPS Network limited to public schools only?
Why would business and nonprofit organizations want to partner with CAPS?
What are essential skills and why are they important?
How do CAPS programs partner with post-secondary institutions?
Why do schools and districts join the CAPS Network?
How do you start an affiliate program with CAPS Network, or connect your current initiatives with CAPS?
Explore our latest playbook “Innovating Education for Careers of the Future” and previous offerings to learn more about Profession-Based Learning.