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At Queen City CAPS you'll explore real-world careers, collaborate with industry experts, engage in authentic projects, expand your professional network, and develop skills crucial for future success. View some of the key elements that you will experience in each of the strands below.

Professional Skills Development

A male student sitting at a desk while working on a laptopStudents develop and apply a blend of durable and technical skills that are tailored to their chosen career field. From cultivating effective communication and project management to mastering hands-on technical expertise, students are equipped with a powerful skill set that will benefit them in their future endeavors.

Durable Skills (also known as soft or essential skills) are enduring and transferable qualities that enhance an individual's effectiveness in various aspects of life and work. These skills include communication, teamwork, problem-solving, adaptability, creativity, critical thinking, time management, and emotional intelligence.

Technical Skills are specific and measurable abilities that are acquired through education, training, and hands-on experience. These skills are practical and relate directly to a particular job or field.

Career Exploration

Our program goes beyond the traditional classroom, offering students a firsthand exploration of diverse opportunities within our community. Through engaging tours, insightful guest speakers, and valuable job shadowing experiences, students gain a comprehensive understanding of potential career paths. This approach not only broadens their perspective but also empowers them to make informed decisions about their future careers.

Professional Networking

Students in our program actively build a professional network, connecting with industry experts, mentors, and peers. Through collaborative projects, industry partnerships, and networking events, students expand their professional circle which is a valuable resource for their current and future career aspirations.

Industry Partner Projects

Our industry partners present a list of potential projects for student collaboration. Through these projects, students showcase their skills and create innovative solutions that address the needs of our industry partners. This collaborative effort ensures mutual benefit where students gain invaluable practical experience and our industry partners gain innovative solutions for their businesses.

Passion Projects

Students have the opportunity to explore their interests within their chosen career field through passion projects. With mentorship guidance, they develop a project and create innovative solutions to identified problems. Each project is tailored to the individual student's aspirations and creativity, ensuring a personalized and impactful learning experience.

Innovation Showcase

At the end of the year, students showcase their collective achievements at the Innovation Showcase. This culminating event provides a platform for students to exhibit not only their industry partner projects and passion projects but also their growth and expertise gained throughout the year.


Students accumulate 3.0 high school credits annually in Practical Arts and English. Students can take CAPS for two years. Depending on the specific strand, additional opportunities exist for students to earn college credits.

Host Sites

Our CAPS program prioritizes hands-on experiences outside traditional classrooms. Students will meet at different host sites, tailored to each strand and evolving based on ongoing projects. This dynamic approach ensures a rich and varied learning environment, though it requires students to have dependable transportation.

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