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SCW Smoke Signal

The Student News Site of St. Charles West High School

SCW Smoke Signal

Senior Spotlight
Lola Irizarry May 8, 2024

Tyler Prize has been in Short Film with Mr. Jackson all four years of high school. Tyler is the first person to do this in SCW history! “I...

Spring Musical
Spring Musical
Vivian Frick, Staff writer • May 6, 2024

SC West's annual spring musical has just concluded. The Wizard of Oz, as directed by Mr. Lenger, is a classic story following Dorothy (played ...

Pip Wolfs Senior Sendoff
Pip Wolf's Senior Sendoff
Ellana Kemp, Staff Writer • May 6, 2024

Pip Wolf is a beloved senior here at SCWest. They’re president of our Games Enthusiast Club (G.E.C.), a part of Warrior Vision, Broadcast,...

What is CAPS?

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What is CAPS? CAPS is the Center for Advanced Professional Studies where students from around the world get to explore careers in the path they would like to study. CAPS strands include business, healthcare, and technology, where you can diversify your knowledge in your field of interest. Students have the opportunity to go on site visits, shadow jobs, hear from guest speakers, get a head start on learning for their strand (like learning medical terminology), and work on their overall professional skills. This is in place of normal school electives for 2 ½ hours a day. 

 

Every Wednesday healthcare CAPS students do rotations at 3 of the big hospitals, as well as other healthcare providers in the St. Louis area. Similarly, the business strand gets to do internships with businesses of their choice in order to further their knowledge in business and entrepreneurship. CAPS is a great way not only to get hands-on experience, but also to build your resume! 

 

CAPS as a whole is also great for the community because it encourages students to volunteer in various programs throughout the area. Healthcare students also get to volunteer with their organization of choice in place of CAPS time every second Tuesday. CAPS also hosts events for the community, like the blood drive coming up on February 6th to help make a dent in the global blood shortage. 

 

Overall, CAPS is a great program where students get hands-on experience in the field they are interested in, while making a positive impact on the community. 

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Audrey Branson is a current sophomore at St. Charles West for the 2022-2023 school year.  Audrey enjoys taking photos, writing stories, and encouraging her fellow staff and peers.  She is a part of student council, Renaissance, and band. Check out Audrey's work below!
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