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Cedar Trails Exploration Center - CTEC CAPS

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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 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!