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Bronson Kaufusi, a renowned former American football star, captivated the students of Provo City School District’s Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) as he took the stage on Friday, May 5, 2023. Kaufusi’s visit to CAPS was a memorable event, where he shared his personal experiences and offered valuable insights into building mental strength and resilience.

For the uninitiated, the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) programs are nationally recognized and innovative high school programs. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real-world problems using industry-standard tools. They are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school credit. 

CAPS is an example of how business, community, and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high-skill, high-demand jobs– and if Professional Football at the highest level, isn’t a high-skill, high-demand career, then no career is, either.

During his speech, Kaufusi emphasized the importance of staying focused on the present moment and the process of achieving one’s desired outcomes. Drawing from his life journey, he inspired the students to adopt a mindset centered around perseverance to embrace challenges as opportunities for growth. Kaufusi’s message resonated deeply with the CAPS students; the CAPS asks students to draft, falter, regroup, iterate, and achieve. Provo CAPS is challenging but rewarding, leading to substantial growth.

During the event, Kaufusi had the opportunity to interact with the CAPS students and engage in conversations about their businesses and goals. As an advocate for lifelong learning, he encouraged them to surround themselves with mentors in every endeavor and stressed the importance of resilience in overcoming challenges. His visit motivated the students to embrace their journeys with resilience, determination, and a thirst for knowledge when needed, as their showcase was just around the corner.

Provo City School District extends its sincere appreciation to Bronson Kaufusi for his valuable contribution to the education and growth of its students. The district recognizes the significance of inviting accomplished individuals like Kaufusi to share their experiences, inspiring the next generation to strive for greatness.

Under the Provo City School District, the CAPS program continues to provide students with unparalleled opportunities for career exploration and hands-on learning. By connecting industry professionals with motivated students, the program aims to bridge the gap between education and the workforce, equipping students with the skills and mindset necessary for success in their future endeavors.

The Provo City School District looks forward to hosting more inspirational speakers like Bronson Kaufusi and fostering an environment where students can thrive, discover their passions, and build a foundation for lifelong success.

Please visit the Provo CAPS website for more information about the Provo CAPS program.

Spencer Tuinei
  • Communication Specialist
  • Spencer Tuinei