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Northland CAPS

In the spring of 2013, North Kansas City Hospital partnered with the Northland School Districts of Kearney, Liberty, North Kansas City, Park Hill, Platte County and Smithville to become the premier healthcare partner with the Northland CAPS program.

North Kansas City Hospital joins Cerner, Ford and Holland 1916 as charter business partners in the program.

A partnership with the program aligns with many of our Community Health and Wellness initiatives at NKCH, including the youth programs we currently host, as well as the Youth Initiative identified in the Community Health Needs Assessment.

What is Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies or CAPS?

The program is designed to provide high school students in the Northland with a pre-professional, innovative and entrepreneurial education through career oriented experiences that are both hands on and real world.

Northland CAPS students are immersed in professional environments engaging in curriculum developed by industry professionals and program instructors – ensuring that what is taught in the classroom is relevant to the workforce.  Learning is enhanced by project work direct from industry partners who engage to mentor students and ensure timely, accurate and real project results.

The CAPS concept originated in the Blue Valley School District.  The HealthCare Strand in their program partners with St. Luke’s, Shawnee Mission, and physician groups.

How North Kansas City Hospital and Northland CAPS Will Work Together

NKCH will host 50 students per day on campus; 25 in the morning and 25 in the afternoon. They will be here 2.5 hours per session and will meet in the Meramec Room. The school district provides a Healthcare Strand teacher who will work with the students while on our campus. The teacher will determine the curriculum, and students will earn college science course credit.

While they are here, students will experience our day to day environment and work on projects. An internal NCKH committee will work to coordinate project work with the teacher.  

Frequently Asked Questions 2014‐15

  1. What is the key difference between Northland CAPS and regular high school?
    Northland CAPS is a profession‐based learning approach where students are fully immersed in the business community, treated as professionals and participate in real projects, using industry standard tools with real business partners. Students will gain professional skills in high demand/high skill careers, e.g. engineering, computer software engineering, advanced manufacturing, nursing, physicians, etc. Students will begin their professional network with business partners and mentors, therefore jump‐starting their career all before they enter college.
  2. Is Northland CAPS a trade school or vocational program?
    No. Northland CAPS provides students the opportunity to deeply explore professions of interest through a profession based, inquiry learning method. Local and global business partners participate with highly skilled instructors to provide authentic exposure and skill acquisition in high demand/high skill 21st century professions.
  3. What type of credit can be received from a Northland CAPS course?
    High School credit, elective, and college credit is available.
  4. What time will the classes be held?
    Morning and afternoon classes will be offered. Each strand is 2.5 hours long and meet five days a week for a semester.
  5. What strands will be offered for the 2013‐14 school year?
    Technology Solutions, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing, Medicine and Healthcare, Global Business and Entrepreneurship.
  6. How many credits?
    1.5 elective credits.
  7. How much does it cost?
    Tuition for the program is paid by the student’s home district.
  8. Is transportation provided?
    Student/family must provide transportation to and from classes.
  9. Where will I go for classes?
    Technology Solutions ‐ Cerner;  Engineering /Advanced Manufacturing – Holland 1916; Health/Medicine – North Kansas City Hospital; Global Business and Entrepreneurship ‐ TBD  All students will work with various businesses and may be required to report there for classes.
  10. What is the key difference between Northland CAPS and regular high school?
    Northland CAPS is a profession‐based learning approach where students are fully immersed in the business community, treated as professionals and participate in real projects, using industry standard tools with real business partners. Students will gain professional skills in high demand/high skill careers, e.g. engineering, computer software engineering, advanced manufacturing, nursing, physicians, marketing, banking, etc. Students will begin their professional network with business partners and mentors, therefore jump‐starting their career all before they enter college.
  11. What do colleges think of a program like Northland CAPS?
    College and universities believe a program like the Northland ACS is a differentiator for a student. Many students entering college have significant academic performance, but a student that has strong academic performance AND has professional skills, rigorous internships, and a portfolio of real business projects will leapfrog college peers. See college endorsements of a similar program BV CAPS at www.bvcaps.org.
  12. How will I be graded for the class?
    Instructor will provide detailed syllabus, students are graded on project work, assessments, and professional skills (includes attendance and dress code).
  13. What is the dress code?
    Students will dress business casual every day, unless otherwise specified by the instructor regarding project work.
  14. What if a student does not like the program once they begin? Students can withdraw from the program within the first five school days.

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