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Waukee High Students Learning Outside the Classroom

A new type of learning is coming to Waukee High School and it all starts with students getting real world experience outside the classroom.

About 200 juniors and seniors will be part of new program called CAPS or Center for Advanced Professional Studies.

The program gives students about 2 hours a day in a local company in their field of interest.

"I took some engineering classes as a freshman and wanted to get into engineering so when I heard about CAPS and actually being the work environment, I really wanted to be a part of that," says Waukee Junior Alex Shepard.

Shepard will be spending her time at Shive-Hattery. The architecture engineering firm is one of four companies opening their doors to students.

"I think people can learn differently from actually being in the work environment and you can experience things if you like it or not you can decide if you want to pursue it in your career in the future," says Shepard.

Waukee CAPS Executive Director Chris Bergman says this is the first time the nation-wide program will be offered in Iowa, giving Waukee students a leg up when applying for college.

"They`ll be digging right into real authentic client projects, they`ll be learning from experts in the field," says Bergman.

The industry driven curriculum is developed by each specific field, but it's the professional skills students will learn that will be invaluable.

"All of those soft skills, those 21st century learning skills they`re so hard to teach in a traditional education format they get it here," says Michelle Huggins from Shive-Hattery.

Students will still take classes at Waukee for the second half of their day.

For participating in the CAPS program, students will receive both high school and college credit.

Other fields such as human services, technology, and insurance are also available.

Waukee High Students Learning Outside the Classroom

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