• Missouri Southern Center for Advanced Professional Studies (MOSO CAPS)

    The Missouri Southern Center for Advanced Professional Studies (MOSO CAPS) is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program located on the main campus of Missouri Southern State University. 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. MOSO 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.

    Students have three options for areas of concentration:

    • Health Sciences: The Health Sciences Strand provides students the opportunity to learn by solving real-world problems, with real tools, mentored by industry professionals. Our guest speakers and mentors represent the wide spectrum of healthcare careers (ie. Radiology, Respiratory Therapy, Nursing, Dental Hygiene, and Medicine).
    • Human Services: The Human Services Strand provides an innovative approach to education for students with a passion for the human services industry, including pathways of law, public safety, law enforcement, social work, psychology or teaching. The courses are designed to give students hands-on, real-world experience as they engage in profession-based learning. Through regular interactions with academic and industry experts, students will begin their journey in becoming members of the human services community.
    • Business, Marketing, & Entrepreneurship: The Business, Marketing, & Entrepreneurship Strand provides students the opportunity to work on partner-driven projects and solving business problems while learning general business and marketing concepts with an entrepreneurial focus.  The courses are designed to provide students with a foundation in the content as they engage in profession-based learning.  Through regular interactions with academic and industry experts, students will begin their journey in becoming members of the business and marketing community.

    MOSO CAPS provides students the opportunity to deeply explore professional areas of interest through a profession-based, inquiry learning method. MOSO CAPS is driven by the changing workforce needs of industry, therefore instructors and MOSO CAPS business partners collaborate to develop coursework. MOSO CAPS curriculum is dynamic, constantly evolving to follow industry trends and market changes using a copyrighted rapid prototyping curriculum development process. (four-block, full-year, four-credit practical art course for grades 11-12)

    Students interested in the MOSO CAPS program must:

    • have a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be on track to graduate
    • attain Junior or Senior status
    • desire to work in a profession-based, real-world environment with other area high school students
    • be willing to comply with business ethics (e.g. attendance) and dress codes determined by the MOSO CAPS strand 
    • be willing to spend 2 blocks each day away from high school
    • be able to provide own transportation to MOSO CAPS and business partner sites

     Apply here for the MOCAPS program.