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From left, Alexis Wallen, a 2019 MNCAPS graduate; Lensy Shea, a Summit Academy student; Queenster Dwumah, a MNCAPS student; Elizabeth Fajemirokun, a student at Shakopee High School student; and Xander Smaby, another recent MNCAPS graduate, participated in a panel at the CAPS Summer Huddle this month. 

Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools’ Minnesota Center for Advanced Professional Studies program and Shakopee Public Schools this month co-hosted the yearly CAPS Summer Huddle, an annual conference for experiential and career-readiness learning.

About 160 attendees convened at Shakopee High School June 24-26 to discuss the best practices for programs like MNCAPS. The CAPS network includes 51 programs in 101 school districts across 15 states and two countries, according to a news release from Prior Lake-Savage.

This is the first time the Huddle has been hosted outside of the Blue Valley School District in Kansas, where the CAPS model originated, according to the release.

MNCAPS began in 2016 and partners with local businesses to provide training and classes in a job-like setting. It offers several pathways, including business, health care, education and global sustainability.

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