Technology & Design Pathway

The Minnesota Center for Advanced Professional Studies (MNCAPS) Technology & Design pathway allows students to engage in a real-world experience in high-demand corporate environments. The MNCAPS Technology & Design Pathway will utilize project-based learning and case study methods to introduce general computer science and design concepts with an entrepreneurial focus. Students will learn how to research industry demands, observe technology trends, study program methodology, design application, and develop their own technology projects with the intention to take it global. In addition, they will learn project management and strategy by working with outside clients on real world projects in a variety of technology and business processes. Students will spend three periods (half a day), both semesters at the MNCAPS location, working on partner-driven projects, solving technology and design business problems and experiencing the challenges of project-based work. This pathway requires students to apply these concepts to designing, implementing and reporting on a technology and design research project and will be evaluated by both the teachers and the clients for whom they conduct the project.


Students will earn high school credit for each of the courses taken at MNCAPS. A student earning a passing grade of 70 percent or better in the course may earn college credit(s) through College Now Concurrent Enrollment Program. If the MNCAPS course contains Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) it may transfer to one of the Minnesota State College & Universities (MnSCU).

First Semester (2 Hours)

Course Name High School Credit College Credit
MNCAPS AP Computer Science A Elective
MNCAPS Graphic Design Art Elective 3
MNCAPS Interpersonal Communication Speech/English Elective

Second Semester (2 Hours)

Course Name High School Credit College Credit
MNCAPS AP Computer Science A Elective
MNCAPS Web Design and Development Art Elective 3
MNCAPS Technical Writing English Requirement


Guest instructors provide their expertise on topics aligned to the MNCAPS curriculum. Teachers use an approach to learning, which enables students to master academic core content first and then see how this learning is implemented by business partners to provide solutions to real-world challenges.


All MNCAPS students have a 1:1 mentor. Mentors often open doors and guest instructors freely share their contact information, some provide employment opportunities and extended site visits.