The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has presented the 2018 Education Innovator Award to the Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) for its innovative approach to providing relevant, profession-based learning experiences for high school students across the north Kansas City region.
“We are proud to recognize Northland CAPS’ dedication to the development of our future workforce and future business leaders,” said Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. “This innovative model exemplifies what businesses and schools throughout the state can be doing together to help close the skills gap and provide young professionals with valuable career pathways.”
Mehan noted the program operates through extensive collaboration with area businesses and organization. “Northland CAPS, in partnership with local companies and its eight area school districts, is truly bridging the gap between industry and education in a meaningful way that contributes strongly to students’ success and drives workforce development in the Kansas City region,” he said.
Each year, this award is presented to a business or educational program that demonstrates forward-thinking strategies to better prepare students for their futures. Northland CAPS received its honor during the Missouri Chamber’s annual Missouri Business Awards in Kansas City on Nov. 15.
Northland CAPS is a profession‐based learning approach where high school students are fully immersed in the business community and participate in real projects, using industry standard tools with real employer partners and mentors.
The program provides students with an innovative and entrepreneurial education in high-skill, high-demand careers such as engineering, computer science, advanced manufacturing, nursing, marketing, and others.
In its strong partnership with the Northland Career Center, Northland CAPS creates a valuable link between career technical education pathways and traditional college pathways to achieve the best possible programming for student success of all backgrounds and interests. In addition, local business partners include companies such as Holland 1916, Magna/LMV, Ford, Saint Luke’s Hospital, North Kansas City Hospital, Cerner and many others.