What is TCALC?TCALC is all about students solving real-world problems with real tools, used by real professionals, being mentored by really employers, leading to real contributions in the professional area. The Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers (TCALC) is an innovative high school program created through business partnerships. This program provides students with the opportunities to deeply explore professions of high interest through profession-based, inquiry-based, and project-based curriculum as a junior and/or senior. Students are provided authentic exposure and skill acquisition in high-demand, high-skill 21st century professions. Frequently Asked Questions
What is CAPS?The CAPS movement began in Blue Valley in 2009 and the model is now being utilized by school districts throughout the country. CAPS focuses on active learning. Students are exposed to a unique blend of problem-based, project-based and design-based learning while practicing professional skills taught throughout the program. The program strives to remain on the cutting-edge of evolving workforce needs, working closely with business and post-secondary partners to develop course work that reflects emerging trends.
Community InvestmentTCALC programs establish and nurture relationships with business partners that are mutually beneficial, sustainable, coordinated and multi-faceted. Our partners help shape curriculum, provide projects, support professional development, invest in equipment and supplies and provide job shadow opportunities, speakers, mentors and internships.
TransportationThe district will provide busing to and from the high schools to TCALC and back. This must be arranged in advance. Additionally, students will need to consider the travel time necessary for busing, such as arriving early to catch the bus or arriving back to the high school past 3pm. Travel time cannot be determined until mid-August.
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Green Energy & Environmental Sciences
The purpose of the Green Energy and Environmental Science pathway is to introduce students to the concepts of energy and environmental science.
Teaching as a Profession
Students will learn 21st century skills, technology, and professional writing to prepare them to be college and career-ready and the education career field
The Medical and Health Science pathway will introduce students to the vast realm of medical science concepts.
Architecture, Design, and Construction Technology
The Architecture, Design and Construction Technology pathway includes careers in designing, planning, managing, and building structures.
Web & Digital Communication
Students in the Web and Digital Communications pathway work with high-end technology, use industry-standard creative software, and have the opportunity to experience how the digital and on-line profession works.
Engineering and Applied Math
Students in the Engineering and Applied Math pathway will learn and practice basic engineering concepts, the engineering design process, and industrial robotic programming.
Baking & Pastry Arts Management
The Baking and Pastry Arts Management pathway introduces students to fundamental preparation terms, concepts, and methods in culinary arts where laboratory practice parallels class work.
Students will learn the basic skills and fundamentals of sports medicine, including how to prevent athletic injury and increase athletic performance.
Emergency & Fire Management
Students in the Emergency and Fire Management pathway will begin the pathway with an introductory course designed to provide students with knowledge of occupations available in the Law, Public Safety and Security (LPSS) fields.