Q: What is Ignite! ?

A: The Wentzville Ignite! program has been developed using the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) model. CAPS is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit. CAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.

Q: Is Ignite! a trade school or vocational program?
A: No. Ignite! provides students the opportunity to deeply explore professional areas of interest through a profession-based, inquiry learning method. Ignite! is driven by the changing workforce needs of industry, therefore instructors and business partners collaborate to develop coursework. Ignite! curriculum is dynamic, constantly evolving to follow industry trends and market changes using a copyrighted rapid prototyping curriculum development process.

Q: What is the CAPS Network?

A: The Wentzville School District is a member of the CAPS Network.  The CAPS Network is a group of 23 school districts in 9 states who collaborate and share resources to fast forward the development and refinement of experiential learning opportunities for students.

Q: How do colleges/universities view CAPS students?
A: While each institution has different admission standards, showing the ability to complete real-world interdisciplinary projects is proving to differentiate CAPS students on college, university, and scholarship applications.  The following universities have endorsed the CAPS Network and written letters of support for the CAPS model of learning:

  • University of Missouri – Columbia, St. Louis and Kansas City 
  • Missouri Science and Technology
  • Washington University – School of Engineering
  • Saint Louis University – Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Lindenwood University
  • Missouri State University
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Arizona State University
  • Baker University
  • William Jewell College

Q: What type of credit can be received from Ignite! courses?
A: Ignite! HealthCare Academy – 2 weighted Science credits                                                                                                                     Ignite! Startup / Business Solutions – 3 elective credits

Q: What is the schedule for the Ignite! courses?
A: Ignite! courses meet 5 days a week for a full year.

Ignite! HealthCare Academy – 7:20 to 9:20 a.m.                                                                                                                                   Ignite! Startup / Business Solutions – 12:00 to 2:20 p.m.

Q: What are the requirements to enroll?
A: Students interested in the Ignite! program need to:

  • attain junior or senior status
  • have a desire to work in a profession-based, real-world environment
  • be willing to comply with professional ethics, attendance, and dress codes determined by the course
  • be willing to spend 2 or 3 periods a day away from their home high school
  • be responsible for their own transportation to offsite locations

Q: May I receive college credit for CAPS courses?
A: The Wentzville School District is pursuing college credit for Ignite! courses.  However, no agreements have been made at this time.