Alana Muller: CAPS Off to High School Students Who Embrace Entrepreneurship Early

Drop by the Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) any day of the week, and you’ll find a bustle of entrepreneurial activity. During the just-completed school year in this Johnson County, Kan. district, CAPS served more than 900 students. Dressed to the nines in their business attire, these kids look you in the eye and, with a firm handshake, introduce themselves — and their companies. What’s with this rigorous professional immersion program for high school students? Executive director Donna Deeds coolly cites the CAPS’ approach to education: “We’re not preparing these students for college; we’re preparing them for life.”