Ridgefield High School’s CAPS program was highlighted this past week in a Forbes.com article regarding real life learning. CAPS students, Emma Haynie and Jordan Nash, are pictured at the beginning of the article.
The district's Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) campus at Innovation Ridge is part of the nationally recognized CAPS Network comprised of more than 100 school districts. The innovative high school program provides students the opportunity to be fully immersed in professional culture using industry standard tools. Students are mentored by actual employers who partner with the program.
CAPS at Innovation Ridge launched its inaugural semester this year. Spearheaded by Superintendent Nathan McCann, the program’s vision became a reality through the efforts of Ridgefield High School Principal, Christen Palmer, Director of CCTE and Federal Programs, Tiffany Gould, and Ridgefield High School teachers, Andrea Reinertson, Steve Rinard and Kara Breuer.
“We held the students to a high standard, expecting them to act, dress, and communicate like professionals, and they have truly risen to the occasion,” said Reinertson. “To witness the way they have transformed from every day students in the classroom to those who get a shout out in Forbes is fulfilling every teacher’s dream!”
“Having the opportunity to work alongside the CAPS teachers and students as they have followed their passions has been a highlight of my career,” said Gould. “I am inspired by the students in the health sciences, engineering, and business, marketing and entrepreneurship strands that have demonstrated their commitment to their learning and career goals every day.”
Click here to read the article on Forbes.com: