Iowa STEM Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS)

Executive Order Number 74 signed by Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad on July 26, 2011, declared that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education should be strengthened as part of providing a world-class education, encouraging innovation and enhancing economic development in Iowa.  The Advisory Council’s priorities for FY2015 include establishing innovative, replicable Iowa models of the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) originated by Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, KS, and now occurring in four additional locations across the country, including Waukee, Iowa (see Additional CAPS Models below.)

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is interested in growing the “satellite” model occurring as Northland CAPS that immerses students in professional environments without the need for new buildings or classrooms.

The Council has designated a portion of the state legislative funding to promote Iowa STEM CAPS programs, with the goal of uniting the expertise of public and private sectors to strengthen the continuum from school to careers. The number of proposals accepted will depend upon available funds and proposal requests.

To learn more about the CAPS model in Iowa, join our webinar on August 20 at 9:00 a.m. CSD. Click here for the STEM CAPS Webinar. 

To view the August 12 at 1:00 p.m. Webinar, click here. Questions and comments from the webinars have been added to the FAQ link below.

Please find the request for proposals here. Proposals are due October 15, 2014

Questions? Please address questions to (all questions/answers will be posted to the FAQ below)
The IOWA STEM CAPS Taskforce is chaired by Southeast Regional Manager Kristine Bullock at