The Catalyst Center is the place where innovation, collaboration and education meet. Our CTE magnet school brings Davis School District students, local business and industry mentors together.   The Catalyst Center is part of the nationally recognized CAPS Network (Center for Advanced Professional Studies). CAPS students fast forward to their future careers and are fully immersed in a professional culture where they develop critical thinking and problem solving skills by working in collaborative groups to complete real-world projects while being mentored by industry partners.

Our Students

Students who attend the Catalyst magnet from one of ten Davis District High Schools and are accepted through an application process. Students can focus studies in Business & Marketing, Culinary Arts, Digital Media (Audio, Video, or Graphic Design), Computer Science (Cybersecurity or Advanced Game design), Medical Assisting,  and Pharmacy Tech.  All course are double blocked and usually last 1 semester, with the exception of Medical Assisting and Pharmacy Tech which are full year programs.  Our students are interested in balancing classroom learning with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a business setting. 

Our Mission Statement

Partnering with industry to create the next generation of professionals

Our Guiding Principles

Developing relationships with business, industry and higher education partners is critical to the success of any CAPS program. The CAPS Network is designed to create rich and meaningful experiences for students, as well as partners. Programs that partner with the CAPS Network share best practices and connections with professional partners, post-secondary institutions and students. The Catalyst Center has six key guiding principles that unite, define, and guide the CAPS experience.

Profession-based Learning

Catalyst students work on real-world projects in collaboration with business and industry partners. Instructors create project-based learning experiences in a professional environment which prepare students for college and career.


The Davis Catalyst Center supports high-skill and high-demand careers through ongoing innovation in curriculum development. Catalyst programs and services are based on local business and community needs.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

An innovative culture is key to fostering entrepreneurial learning and design thinking. Catalyst instructors create an environment where creative thinking and problem solving is encouraged.

Professional Skills Development

Professional skills are critical to providing students a competitive advantage in their post-secondary education and professional careers. The Catalyst provides unique experiences which allow students to cultivate transformative professional skills such as adaptability, understanding expectations, exhibiting initiative, and other essential business skills.

Self-Discovery and Exploration

Students realize their strengths and passions by exploring and experiencing potential professions. Catalyst students make informed decisions about their future, while learning to exhibit leadership.

Equity and Access

Davis School District students have equitable access to Catalyst programs in preparation for post-secondary education and high-skill high-demand careers.