GO CAPS kicks off 3rd year with new classrooms and affiliates

GO CAPS logoFostering business and education connections is a key component of our workforce development efforts. In August 2017, career exploration program Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (GO CAPS) began its third year, placing 238 high school juniors and seniors directly on-site with business partners for part of each school day. With higher overall student enrollment for the 2017-18 academic year, the program’s Medical and Health Care strand has experienced the most growth, leading to a new classroom at Cox Medical Center Branson to serve the Hollister, Branson, Reeds Spring and Spokane school districts.

With the addition of the West Plains school district as an affiliate, and Camdenton, Conway and Lebanon joining together as a Lake Region affiliate, the program now includes 24 high schools across 20 school districts. In addition to the medical strand, students can participate in a Engineering & Manufacturing, Technology Solutions, Business & Entrepreneurship, or Teacher Education strand. Learning real-life skills and completing hands-on projects enables students to test drive their future careers.

The program also exposes employers to their future potential workforce. In fact, two local employers have already put these connections to good use: hiring GO CAPS students. CoxHealth has hired 12 students, and Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation (SRC) has hired six students for full-time or part-time jobs as well as summer internships.

We're always eager to work with businesses that would like to engage with GO CAPS by offering job shadowing opportunities, tours, or providing guest instructors. For more information, please contact Karen Kunkel.

Contact Information

Phone: 417-862-5567

Springfield Business Development Corporation

202 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway
Springfield, Missouri 65806

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