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CAPS Video


Center For Advanced Professional Studies

220 Locust Street

Washington, MO 63090


Center For Advanced Professional Studies

CAPS Overview

Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit. CAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.



Students in the CAPS Business classes pitched business ideas for the community to members of Downtown Washington, Inc. in the Confluence Room at the Four Rivers Career Center on Monday, Sept. 25.

The topic was ways to increase foot traffic in Downtown Washington.

The students broke into groups and gave their business presentations, which were approximately two weeks in the making.

The business ideas by the students ranged from a corn cob pipe monument, a clothes retail shop targeting for teenagers, an art district, a beautification project, a walking and bicycle trail, a bicycle share, murals, a scavenger hunt and downtown tracks of walking and bicycle paths.

Following the presentations, members of Downtown Washington, Inc. met with each group of students, providing their feedback.

The Business course, instructed by Cathy Jinkerson, helps students learn foundational skills in the area of business when starting a company. Students will engage with real professionals in the field throughout the process.

Photos of the presentations are below.


Nine students in the Teaching Careers program at Four Rivers Career Center competed at the Educators Rising State Conference at the University of Missouri on Wednesday, April 5.

The Career Center’s students won first place in each of the five events in which they competed, and placed first overall.  

Results are as follows:

Inside our Schools Video: First place -  Emma Boehmer, Kaitlyn Knickmeyer, Kyra Hardesty and Mary Hinnah

Creative Lecture: First place Mary Hinnah and third-place Kirsten Bishop.

Educators Rising Moment: First place -  Logan Nadeua.

Children's Literature Pre-K: First place Kaitlyn Knickmeyer and second place Abby Jones.

Children's Literature K-3: First place Meghan Mauldin and third place Madison Box.

Jenny Meers is the Teaching Careers instructor.

"I can't begin to express how proud these students made me. They had great sportsmanship and professionalism. Most importantly, to me, every student who told me they wanted to compete in January worked hard and competed," Meers said. "Their willingness to follow through on their goals was inspiring, and I look forward to see what they do in classrooms of their own."

Teaching Careers Students Win Awards

Front row, from left, are Kyra Hardesty, Abby Jones, Kaitlyn Knickmeyer and Mary Hinnah.

Back row, from left, are College and Career Specialist Andrea Wieland, Emma Boehmer, Madison Box, Kirsten Bishop, Meghan Mauldin, Jordan Donaldson, Teaching Careers instructor Jenny Meers and Logan Nadeau.


Washington High School students in the CAPS Business class visited First State Community Bank in Washington on Tuesday morning, Dec. 13.

Giving a presentation on banking and business were First State Community Bank Senior Vice President  John Freitag, Market President Scott Breckenkamp and Assistant Vice President Windy Sulltrop.

Among the topics discussed were business checking accounts, small business loans and an overview of the banking industry career.  The professionals also gave advice on how the students can market themselves and their business, along with how to practice better business skills and how to face challenges that present themselves on an everyday basis.

Photos from the CAPS Business students at First State Community Bank are below.

CAPS Business introduces students to the knowledge, attributes and skills entrepreneurs need to create and launch their own business concepts.

Students are taught the foundations of business needed to start companies while developing skills and talents necessary to invent their own careers.      

Photos from the CAPS Business students at First State Community Bank are below.

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