Real-world learn­ing ex­perieces

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Ronda Hair for Serve Daily

SALEM — The Nebo Ad­vanced Learn­ing Cen­ter (ALC) 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.

As part of the CAPS model, we part­nered with ACE (Ar­chi­tec­ture, Con­struc­tion, Engi­neers) of Utah to in­volve stu­dents in af­ter­school ac­tiv­i­ties.

Stu­dents have been in­structed and taught by sev­eral pro­fes­sion­als in all phases of project devel­op­ment, taken field trips and worked on projects. Each event had built-in feed­back from elec­tri­cal engi­neers, civil engi­neers, ar­chi­tects, builders and other pro­fes­sion­als.

CAPS has also part­nered with Build­ing Be­gin­nings and Di­vi­sion of Work­force Ser­vices. Build­ing Be­gin­nings is a non­prof­i­tor­ga­ni­za­tion de­signed to help those in re­cov­ery from drugs and al­co­hol.

They pro­vide em­ploy­ment, trans­porta­tion to work, case man­age­ment, af­ford­able hous­ing, and out-pa­tient treat­ment for those ded­i­cated to stay­ing sober, work­ing hard, and sup­port­ing the team.

ALC stu­dents com­pleted a mini doc­u­men­tary for Build­ing Be­gin­nings. This doc­u­men­tary will be used by the com­pany to pro­mote their non-profit ef­forts and by DWS to demon­strate the suc­cess of the busi­ness to en­cour­age other busi­ness own­ers to work to­wards a sim­i­lar ap­proach to hir­ing.

ALC stu­dents are cur­rently work­ing as in­terns at Rocket Ship in­dus­trial de­sign, Atek per­sonal pro­tec­tion and Klos gui­tars.

Work­ing closely with pro­fes­sion­als al­lows stu­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence first­hand the skills re­quired and de­mands that must be meet in the work­place.

Each stu­dent is hav­ing an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with men­tors and em­ploy­ers to en­gage in ap­pli­ca­ble projects. We are very ap­pre­cia­tive the sup­port we are re­ceiv­ing from our com­mu­ni­ties.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit https:// your­cap­snet­work.org.

Photo: CAPS Pro­gram

ALC stu­dents with Build­ing Be­gin­nings owner Brett Grif­fiths and em­ploy­ees, Ryan and Nic.

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