"The question is not if you should be a part of CF CAPS. The question is why wouldn't you?"
What is CF CAPS? Why is it different?

More Choices for Associates

Last January 13, Cedar Falls High School students committed as early-adopters to a new innovative education experience. CF CAPS develops young adults for success beyond the classroom by building problem solving skills to complete project work for professional clients in the Cedar Valley. This experience builds professional skills and starts mapping career paths for success after graduation.

This fall, 35 Cedar Falls and Waterloo High School students are participating in one of three strand courses hosted off their school campuses. The strands include Technology & Engineering, Communication & Design, as well as Education. These course options give the CF CAPS Student-Associates unique experiences that today's professionals wish they had been a part of during their high school careers.

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Viking Pump and CF CAPS Upgrade Partnership

Above, CF CAPS Program Leader, Ethan Wiechmann stands in front of the new custom space inside Viking Pump's Headquarters in Cedar Falls.  Viking Pump was the first CF CAPS Business Partner to commit support for the first strand for the spring 2017 semester.  This school year, IDEX Corporation has again committed to hosting the Technology & Engineering strand, plus providing project and mentor support for the student-associates.

TechWorks Welcomes CF CAPS on MFG Day

As part of National Manufacturing Day, CF CAPS associates and instructors from the Technology & Engineering and Communications & Design strands toured the Additive Manufacturing Center at TechWorks Campus in Waterloo. The tour started with a 3-D scanner demonstration and conversations on careers in advanced manufacturing.

Associates took part in hands on activities, including pouring tin casting using a 3-D printed sand mold. This highlighted the day for many as they got to be creative and take home a unique souvenir from the tour. They also were able to see the different 3-D printers at the center and talk to University of Northern Iowa students and faculty about careers in advanced manufacturing.

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"CF CAPS has blown me away!"

My experience in CAPS Education has changed the way I saw my future in the best way possible.

This program has opened my eyes to so many other opportunities outside of teaching and has better prepared me for life after high school in such a short amount of time. Everything that we've done in CAPS already this semester blows me away, every single person in this program is realizing their potential and it's seriously so much fun to see everyone flourish.

This program has reaffirmed my decision to go to UNI, but I've also figured out that I really enjoy interacting with middle schoolers, and the chances that I would've discovered that in college are pretty slim. This program is so unbelievably awesome and even though I was all in with teaching before, my self-discoveries have changed how I view my future substantially.

- Megan
CF CAPS Education Associate


CF CAPS exists because of business and community partners. If you are interested in supporting this unique innovative education program, through company tours, job shadows, mentorship, host sites, guest speaker or project let us know.

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Ethan Wiechmann - Lead Instructor    
Nate Clayberg, CEcD - Business & Career Development   
Mark Aaldercks - Communication & Design Instructor    
Megan Droste - Education Instructor    
Maria Perez - Technology & Engineering Instructor   

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