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The Cedar Trails Exploration Center’s mission is to develop and empower lifelong learners by providing opportunities for and encouraging exploration through personalized and innovative learning paths.

We are a part of the CAPS network (Center for Advanced Professional Studies).  CTEC CAPS provides more Career & Technical Education opportunities for USD 232 students along with collaboration among strands while experiencing a CAPS Network program.  CAPS has five Core Values which drive CTEC:  

  1. Profession-Based Learning – Instructors develop real-world, project-based learning strategies through collaborations with business and community partners. These interactions enhance the learning experience, preparing students for college and their career.
  2. Professional Skills Development – Unique experiences allow students to cultivate transformative professional skills such as understanding expectations, time management and other essential business values. These skills are critical to providing students a competitive advantage in their post-secondary education and professional careers.
  3. Self-Discovery and Exploration – Students realize their strengths and passions by exploring and experiencing potential professions. This allows them to make informed decisions about their future, while learning to exhibit leadership.
  4. Entrepreneurial Mindset – Instructors create an environment where creative thinking and problem solving is encouraged. An innovative culture is key to fostering entrepreneurial learning and design thinking.
  5. Responsiveness – CAPS supports high-skill, high-demand careers through ongoing innovation in curriculum development, programs and services based on local business and community needs.



CTEC CAPS has three strands: Bioscience, Design, and Emerging Technologies.  Click on an image below to learn more!

CTEC CAPS Bioscience

The Bioscience Strand is science in action. It involves the use of cellular and molecular processes to solve modern health problems or make useful products. It is also an avenue for learning more about topics such as clinical medicine, biochemistry, physiology, forensic science, biomedical engineering, and/or public health. Many career opportunities await in the area of bioscience!


CTEC CAPS Design Strand icon

The Design Strand involves the visual aesthetics of multimedia including still and motion graphics, animation and game design. It is artistic visual communication. All design experiences assist with future careers in design, marketing, production, branding, web development, game development, and user-centric design.


emerging technologies

The Emerging Technologies Strand is a convergence of electronics, robotics, computer science, engineering and manufacturing. Future careers are still "emerging" but could include: programming, robotics, cybersecurity, automated systems, fabrication, production and all facets of engineering.

Videos Highlighting Our CAPS Strands