CAPS program limits students’ exploration of careers

Sara Naatz, managing editor

Oh the CAPS program.
Center for Advanced Professional Studies.
So advanced, in fact, that it may be a little too advanced for high school students.
It’s not that we’re incapable of this higher level thinking or using the amazing technology that has been provided for us there.
What I mean is that the CAPS program offers extremely specific tracts of study, such as the Sports Medicine course and the Educational Technology and Gaming course.
High school is generally not the place for studies this specific.
High school is a time for students to figure out where they want to go from here — what they want to major in, what careers they should consider and what they plan on doing in the future.
Sure, some students may know exactly what they are planning on doing with their lives from now until they are 45.
However, a majority of students just have a vague idea, if any at all, of what their lives are going to look like after college.
It’s great to take courses of areas you might be interested in to see if it’s a good fit, but to spend three hours a day studying something you may end up hating is a huge gamble.
If you study Filmmaking at the CAPS center, what good will those 1.5 credits do when you end up as a business major?
It would have been of much better use to take the single period of broadcast and have the two leftover periods for business law and business principles and concepts.
The CAPS center is great for people who are extremely passionate about one thing and have no doubt about their future field of study. But for the majority of students, the CAPS program is too specific to invest so much time into.