PARK CITY CENTER FOR ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL STUDIES (PCCAPS)
Real Companies. Real Projects. Real Experience.
"We have the funding, thanks to PCEF, that students in different schools didn't. The process was so much easier for me than it was for others in my current program. PCCAPS just takes it to then next level." - Iva Chho, PCHS Class of 2020
In 2010 PCSD began looking at different models of learning for high school students. The high school wanted to provide students with a unique learning experience that best prepared them for their lives after graduation. After touring multiple different programs around the country, the exploratory committee zeroed in on Blue Valley CAPS as a model.
In 2013, the Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies (PCCAPS) began. PCHS juniors and seniors receive actual professional work experience - while they are still in school. The program launches students into the business world where they work with clients to execute real projects on real deadlines.
Teachers introduce concepts and volunteers mentor students through the project process. Students build on the tools they are given earlier in their schooling to work on projects requested by regional companies and organizations.
Students can choose between six different industry strands, although projects frequently overlap into many of them:
Engineering & Architecture
PCCAPS gives students project-based learning and internship opportunities with local businesses and mentors. PCCAPS gives our kids a way to demonstrate real world experience on their college or job applications, AND it gives kids an opportunity to try the fields they may be interested in before the expense of a college major.
The clients’ projects help students develop success skills such as self-management, collaboration, self-reflection, problem solving, perseverance, effective communication, and good work habits. 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.
PCCAPS 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.
"Because of PCCAPS, I really have the ability to do whatever I want. I have already been able to be a biomedical engineer, a software engineer, and to work in business and marketing… ALL of the things that I want to be when I grow up. PCCAPS is really incredible in this way. I’m not going to be just one person - I’m going to be all of them." - Kristina Schiffman, PCHS Class of 2020.
PCEF DONOR SUPPORT
The PCCAPS Program started in 2012. In Fall 2021, cohort size increased exponentially, with about 120 students participating. In previous years, about 60 - 80 juniors and seniors completed PCCAPS each semester.
The increased numbers came when the class time was adjusted down to one block instead of the previous two blocks. This allowed the many students who take multiple AP classes to participate. PCCAPS staff says, in addition to increasing access to the initiative, students are also utilizing the time better and increasing their productivity.
Due to the changing nature of projects each semester, PCEF donors fund the tools needed to complete those jobs. This flexibility is unusual in a school setting. To continue to provide this real-world experience, we invite you to DONATE HERE.
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