Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies (Northland CAPS) is the premier provider of professional, innovative educational experiences for students in the Northland region of Kansas City. With classes housed in several business locations throughout Clay and Platte counties, high school juniors and seniors from participating districts are provided a fully immersive educational experience in high-demand, high-skill careers that will rapidly accelerate students down their chosen career path.
Northland CAPS is a full-year program. During the fall semester, student associates work on reverse-pitched client projects for local business partners that add meaningful value to companies and our local economy. Student associates learn standard business software and technical skills and work regularly with mentors from industry. Early career professional skills like project management, creativity and critical thinking, business ethics, teamwork and time management are instructed, role modeled and measured.
Students that successfully demonstrate adequate development of professional skills during the fall semester are placed in semester-long internships during the spring semester. These internships are spread across hundreds of business partner locations and range from hospital experiences to radio stations (and everything in between)! Students report back to Northland CAPS locations once per week, but the remainder of their time is on site working for their internship provider.
Northland CAPS Goals/Strategic Focus Areas
The Digital Media & Design strand is for the creative, artistic student that is interested in exploring careers in Digital Media. The strand is divided into four sub strands: graphic design, digital photography, video production and audio production. Student associates in this strand find their passion and develop technical skills by working with local businesses as well as completing personal projects. This strand is perfect for students who want to follow their passions in digital media in life after high school.
Past projects during the fall semester have included:
Graphic Design projects creating logos, t-shirts, album covers, backstage passes, business cards, advertisements, flyers, cartoons, magazine layouts, and motion graphics
Digital Photography projects include photo shoots for Sporting KC, the River Market, Colony, local food trucks, fashion designers, Clever Fools, Webster House, and Chops BBQ
Video Production projects including videos for Union Station, KC Drone, the KC Street Car, Clay County Economic Development Council, and the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts
Audio Production projects including music mixes, composing movie soundtracks and original albums, podcasting and radio shows
Past internships during the spring semester have included:
The Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing strand is ideal for student associates interested in exploring the multitude of career options available in engineering and advanced manufacturing industries. The experience in this strand is geared toward helping student associates figure out how their passions and skill sets align with industry standards to find the right career and the best path toward it. Student associates in this strand learn valuable professional skills that are useful in any career, including project management and presentation skills. They will also have opportunities to learn industry-specific technical skills such as applying lean manufacturing processes to drive out waste or working with 2D and 3D software to develop concept models.
Past projects in the fall semester include:
Past internship opportunities during the spring semester include:
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The Business Accelerator, new during the 2019-20 school year, is a unique strand within the Northland CAPS organization. Rather than focus on career exploration opportunities in an industry of choice, student associates in the Business Accelerator strand are given time - and provided the networking connections - needed to take an idea for a new product or service and try to begin turning it into profit. Some student associates in this strand already have existing businesses when they enter the program and simply wish to grow it.
Typical projects completed during the fall semester include:
Students associates in this strand have the option of choosing a standard Northland CAPS internship during the spring semester, but those whose business ideas show potential in the fall may qualify to continue working on them in the spring.
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The Global Business & Logistics strand is for student associates who are detail-oriented, enjoy problem solving, and want to learn how businesses increase their profit margin. This includes organizing and managing people, projects, facilities and supplies to compete in an ever-changing market with both local and global competition. Whether you are interested in a career with an established company or organization or intent on creating the next great product or service, our program will connect you with the local leaders and mentors to help prepare you for a successful career.
Past projects during the fall semester include:
Past internships during the spring semester include:
Due to overwhelming demand, the Medicine & Healthcare strand of Northland CAPS is spread out across four separate medical facilities in the Northland. Our approach centers on offering student associates the ability to experience many different specialized careers in the healthcare industry. A portion of the fall is spent inside a hospital where students are exposed to a unique medical environment and shadow different in-patient professionals throughout the facility. The other portion of the fall semester focuses on the out-patient side of the medical world, including (but not limited to) EMS, professional clinics, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, and other similar career opportunities.
Typical activities completed during the fall semester include
Past internship opportunities during the spring semester include
You can keep up with the Medicine & Healthcare strand by following us on Instagram!
Past internships from the spring semester include:
To keep up with the latest happenings in the Technology Solutions strand, follow instructor Curt Kelly on LinkedIn.
Executive Director: Brett Kisker
Inpatient Host: North Kansas City Hospital
Address: 2800 Clay Edwards Dr., North Kansas City, MO, 64116
Outpatient Host: NKC Hospital Professional Building
Address: 2700 Clay Edwards Dr., North Kansas City, MO, 64116
Director of Government & Community Relations
Ford Motor Company
Liberty Public Schools
Chief Financial Officer
North Kansas City School District
Kearney Area Development Council
Sr. Director of Community Wellness & Corporate Health
North Kansas City Hospital
Chief Deposit Officer
First Missouri Bank
Lathrop R-II School District
Vice President & Chief Engineer, Platform Engineering