Below are five key guiding principles that unite, define, and guide the Ignite! experience:
Instructors develop real-world, project-based learning strategies through collaborations with business and community partners. These interactions enhance the learning experience, preparing students for college and career.
Ignite! supports high-skill, high-demand careers through ongoing innovation in curriculum development, programs and services based on local business and community needs.
Self-Discovery and Exploration
Students realize their strengths and passions by exploring and experiencing potential professions. This allows them to make informed decisions about their future, while learning to exhibit leadership.
Professional Skills Development
Unique experiences allow students to cultivate transformative professional skills such as understanding expectations, time management and other essential business values. These skills are critical to providing students a competitive advantage in their post-secondary education and professional careers.
Instructors create an environment where creative thinking and problem solving is encouraged. An innovative culture is key to fostering entrepreneurial learning and design thinking.
Ignite! was developed from the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) model. CAPS represents the collaboration of education, business and community, providing students with a unique, immersive experience, resulting in highly skilled, adaptable, global innovators and leaders.