Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers (TCALC)

USD 501, Topeka Public Schools


The Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers (TCALC) is an innovative high school program created in partnership with business and industry concentrating in four strands: Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing; Bioscience & Biomedical; Business, and Human Services. The Center is all about students solving real problems, with real tools used by real professional(s), being mentored by real employers, leading to real contributions in the professional area. 

Students enrolled in the Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers Program, fast forward into their future as if they already have a college degree and are fully immersed in a professional culture. Students use industry standard tools which lead to substantial advanced contribution during the formative high school years. Students learn from global and local leaders, such as Westar Energy, Valeo Behavioral Health, Stormont Vail, and Meals on Wheels who have chosen to partner with the district and share the program’s commitment to educate the future leaders of America. The Center is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the needed workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs. Early career professional skills like project management, business ethics, time management, teamwork, creativity and instructed, role modeled and measured. 

TCALC is not a vocational program. The Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers provides students the opportunity to deeply explore professions of high interest through a profession-based, inquiry-based learning method. Local and global business partners participate with highly skilled instructors to provide authentic exposure and skill acquisition in high demand/high skill 21st century professions. 

Requirements for Enrollment: 
1. Attained junior or senior status and on-track towards graduation 
2. Desire to work in a profession-based real world environment with other TPS high school students 
3. Be willing to comply with business ethics (e.g. attendance) and dress codes as determined by the type of TCALC study they are involved in 
4. Be willing to spend 2.5 hours a day (morning or afternoon) away from their home high school; 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM or 12:30 PM to 3 PM. 
5. Be able to coordinate transportation either through the district or personally to TCALC sites and business partnership sites. 

Types of Strands and Courses Offered:
TCALC is driven by the changing workforce needs of industry, therefore instructors and TCALC Business Partners co-author all coursework. TCALC curriculum is dynamic, constantly evolving to follow industry trends and market changes using a copyrighted rapid prototyping curriculum development process. 

  • Bioscience/Biomedical Pathways – Environmental Science and Animal Health; Energy; Medical Science Careers and research; Bioscience Research; Forensic Science. 
  • Business Technology and Media – Business; Technology Solutions; Programming, Software management, and app development, iMedia; Filmmaking; Interactive Design. 
  • Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing – Architecture; Engineering, Robotics; Advanced Manufacturing;.Design Process for Engineers; and 
  • Human Services – Teacher Education/Training; Health Sciences, Law and Public Safety; Emergency and Fire Management 

Transportation may be provided in the morning and afternoon for students enrolled in the TCALC Program, Monday through Friday, from their home high school to TCALC. A bus will pick up and return students from the program and be able to attend the last or first 4 hours at their home high school. 


Classes for TCALC are held Monday through Friday, 7:55 AM to 10:25 AM or 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM. 


How to Apply

1. Go to:

2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click " Enroll for Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers (TCALC), here."

3. Fill out the information requested on the google form and Eileen Caspars will be in contact with you!

Click on the images below to increase size and see more information about specific programs.

Teaching & Training
(courses offered at Quinton Heights)

STEM: Energy
(courses offered at Highland Park High School)

Engineering, Robotics, and Advanced Manufacturing
(courses offered at Highland Park High School)

Medical Science Careers
(courses offered at Highland Park High School)

Oct 10, 2017, 9:34 AM