Andover CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) is a new program currently under development by Andover Public Schools. Tying into the CAPS National Network, Andover CAPS will offer high school juniors and seniors experience in working on real-world business problems as a way to explore their career interests. Students are mentored by actual employers, and they receive high school and college credit.
Plans currently call for programs in nine career fields:
- Business entrepreneurship
- Information technologies
- Medical professions
The programs will be developed during the 2018-19 school year, with pilot projects launched in the 2019-20 school year and the full set of programs available in 2020-21.
During this same period, Andover Public Schools is working to design and build a career center that will house Andover CAPS and other project-based learning programs. The center, located near 13th and 159th streets, will feature state-of-the-art technology and flexible collaboration spaces that will reflect work spaces of the future.
Andover CAPS is dedicated to helping students find their purpose and calling, and to set them on a path that will give them meaning, value and direction in their careers.