On Monday, Sept. 14, Affton Advanced Professional Studies (A@ps) held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of its program location at 315 Lemay Ferry Road in the STLVentureWorks business incubator. St. Louis County Councilmen Patrick Dolan (District 5), Kevin O’Leary (District 6) and members of both the Affton Chamber of Commerce and Lemay Chamber of Commerce were there to welcome the program to the neighborhood.
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A@ps provides Affton High School students the opportunity to test-drive their future in high-skill, high-demand professional careers. The A@ps program strands, which include Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing, Global Business and Entrepreneurship, and Medicine and Healthcare, are informed by the annual State of St. Louis Workforce Report and curriculum is driven by business and industry partners.
“The Affton School District has been researching and developing the Affton Advanced Professional Studies (A@ps) program for the past three years and is excited to launch this opportunity for students,” said Dr. Travis Bracht, assistant superintendent. “A key component of the A@ps program is to engage our business partners and tap into the growing number of entrepreneurs and innovators in the St. Louis area. We want to ensure that our students experience the most relevant learning opportunities possible while exploring a range of career options, and hope to expand these unique experiences to public, private and charter high schools across the St. Louis area in the next year.”
In addition, A@ps is part of a growing national network of programs known as the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS). The CAPS network includes 16 programs in nine states.
For more information on the A@ps program, please visit http://afftonschools.net/aaps/.