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Ozarks GO CAPS Targets High School Juniors and Seniors

February 03, 2017

Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (GO CAPS) is a unique, yearlong learning experience that allows high school juniors and seniors to test drive future career options. Students develop real world professional skills as they are embedded in partner businesses.

GO CAPS is a consortium of 13 Ozarks school districts: Bolivar, Branson, Logan-Rogersville, Marshfield, Monett (affiliate), Nixa, Ozark, Reeds Spring, Republic, Spokane, Springfield, Strafford and Willard. The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce manages the GO CAPS program and Springfield Public Schools serves as the fiscal agent. Funding for this program was provided in part by The Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation Place-Based Education Grantmaking Program of Commerce Trust Grantmaking Program of Commerce Trust. This program is part of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks' Rural Schools Partnership, a founding partner of the Rural Schools Collaborative.

GO CAPS gives students the chance to explore their interests in four areas: Engineering and Manufacturing, Entrepreneurship, Medicine and Health Care and Technology Solutions. Students attend a morning session (8-10:30 a.m.) or an afternoon session (Noon-2:30 p.m.) every day throughout the school year. These sessions also allow for dual credit opportunities through Missouri State University and Ozarks Technical Community College.

Please check out this outstanding film feature on the GO CAPS effort.

GO CAPS 2016 from Springfield Public Schools on Vimeo.

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