Updated: Sep 13, 2019
Torrey Project is excited to announce that Corey Mohn will be joining the organization as a member of the Board of Directors. Corey Mohn also serves as the Executive Director of the Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS), an impactful and innovative education group that has been one of the Torrey Project’s key educational partners from the very beginning.
Overview of CAPS
As its Executive Director, Mohn has helped turn CAPS into a nationally recognized, innovative high school program that empowers its student participants to become highly skilled and successful members of the US workforce.
The Need for CAPS
Mohn identified a need for a learning institution like CAPS as he began to increasingly observe that the traditional educational systems within the United States have largely been teaching young students to “fly in formation” as opposed to discovering their own unique educational passions and professional career paths to follow. He believes that the traditional American educational system frequently fails to teach students how to learn and discover their desired professional career paths. It also often fails to provide students with practical education in the necessary technical and occupational skills they will need to fill highly skilled and in-demand jobs within the global job market.
To address these issues, CAPS immerses students in a simulated professional setting in which they are constantly put in a position to solve real-world problems through the use of highly sought-after industry tools, software, and skills.
CAPS Values and Methods
CAPS’s values consist of profession-based learning, responsiveness, self-discovery & exploration, professional skills development, and the promotion of the entrepreneurial mindset. Throughout this practical educational experience, students are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit in the process.
Mohn believes that “CAPS is an example of how business, community, and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow.”
CAPS includes 54 unique programs, encompassing 108 school districts in 15 states and 2 countries.
Accolades awarded to CAPS include the FETC STEM 2016 Program of the Year Finalist, KC Business Journal 2015 Impact Award Winner in Education, and recognition at the 2015 Edison Awards.
Corey’s Other Experience
Mohn is also currently an Advisory Board Member at the University of Kansas and has previously served as a Board Member of the Kansas City Startup Foundation, Director of Statewide Programs at NetWork Kansas, Office of Rural Opportunity Coordinator at the Kansas Department of Commerce, Co-owner and Partner at Planning Initiatives LLC, among other experiences. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at the Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in Economics and Political Science. He also received his MBA from Baker University in 2012.
Corey’s Contribution to Torrey Project
In particular, Mohn’s experience developing CAPS into the highly impactful educational program it is today has prepared him well to make an immediate impact for good at Torrey Project. Torrey Project offers students, entrepreneurs, and business leaders education and mentorship both through training sessions and through our startup incubator program.
Mohn will provide Torrey Project with organized and highly effective educational programming ideas that will enhance the overarching educational and mentorship environment existent within the Torrey Project. Mohn will be able to identify ways to effectively teach participating entrepreneurs the key technical and business management skills they need to continue developing as business professionals in today’s competitive environment.
Torrey Project is thrilled to welcome Corey Mohn to our Board of Directors and looks forward to incorporating his keen organizational learning insights into our stakeholder-focused startup incubator.
This post was written by Alan Pleat