On January 11, 2017 the St. Louis Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (STL CAPS) held two open house sessions attended by over 200 prospective students, parents, business partners and school personnel. During the panel discussion portion of the open house sessions, attendees had the opportunity to hear from former STL CAPS students currently in college as well as current STL CAPS students and instructors. The panelists provided their insights about learning experiences that have been unique to the STL CAPS program and answered questions from attendees.
Current STL CAPS students spoke about their experiences in the areas of global business & entrepreneurship, engineering & advanced manufacturing, and bioscience, healthcare & medicine. The students commented on how during first semester the volume of business partners they interacted with went beyond their expectations. In addition, the extent to which they have been able to observe within professional workplaces has already exceeded what most college graduates have experienced. For example, the healthcare students have already observed multiple surgical procedures and conducted follow up sessions with the doctors and patients. Likewise, several of the business and entrepreneurship students are already immersed in an internship with a local fashion entrepreneur.
Former STL CAPS students currently in college commented on how the real-world experiences and practical application gained from working directly with business partners while still in high school has put them ahead of their college peers. The college students commented on how much time and money STL CAPS saved them by allowing them to truly see a large variety of careers up close and interact with business partner professionals in those careers before choosing a college major. Many of them ruled out certain careers during their senior year in STL CAPS while also honing in on the ones that were a better fit. In addition, they gave examples of how they have already participated in events and networking functions connected to clubs and organizations specific to their college major. Further, when attended these events they have noticed that their professional skills such as appropriate dress and etiquette has been perfectly aligned with expectations and far exceeds many of their college peers. STL CAPS graduates have continued their education at the institutions listed below.
- Fontbonne University
- Maryville University
- Missouri University of Science & Technology
- Missouri Western State University
- Ohio Wesleyan University
- Saint Louis University
- Southeast Missouri State University
- Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
- St. Andrews University
- St. Louis Community College
- State Technical College of Missouri
- University of Kansas
- University of Missouri-Columbia
- University of Missouri-St. Louis
- University of Pittsburg
- Webster University
- William Jewell College