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SPECIAL REPORT
STEM for Workforce

For high schoolers, a
career in the baking,
snack or food industry
may be one of the
best-kept secrets out
there, but it doesn't
have to be. Here's why.
by Dan Malovany

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Deere. " I knew it started at the farm level, but as to how it
got to my grocery store, I was completely in the dark. Quite
frankly, I hadn't even thought about it prior to CAPS. "
Founded in 2009, the CAPS Network consists of 69
programs in 125 school districts spread across 19 states
and three countries. In this network that spans across
the nation, students may sign up for courses ranging
from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to legal, medical and other disciplines. One
course focuses on the Future of Food where mentors
from companies like Corbion and DuPont Nutrition &
Biosciences in the Kansas City-area and Tyson Foods
in Bentonville, Ark., open the doors to the food industry for students to see.

High school students
develop a wide
variety of products
as a part of the CAPS
Future of Food course.
Blue Valley CAPS

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Although she grew up in a family that's " just a generation
removed from the farm, " Abby Mitchell never fully understood how food companies operate, how the supply
chain works - or even how food products are created.
That was until she enrolled in the Center for
Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS), an innovative
program developed by the Blue Valley School District in
Overland Park, Kan. Here, juniors and seniors take specially designed classes that allow them to explore potential careers while working with industry professionals on
real-world problems and projects.
" I knew where food production started, but I was very
clueless to the in-between, " said Ms. Mitchell, currently
starting her career as a marketing representative for John

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