Sense of Community

March, June, September, December

From poverty concerns to major policy decisions, this series dives beyond the headlines to provide in-depth coverage of issues facing people and organizations in the Ozarks. KSMU's team of reporters combine for 10 stories each quarter, to air the final weeks of March, June, September and December.

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In addition to actually hosting high school juniors and seniors on-site, area businesses can get involved in GO CAPS in various ways.  One of them is to host not high school students, but teachers. One local business that has offered teachers several days’ worth of hands-on experience to take back to their classes is Elemoose, a Springfield business that fabricates signage, exhibits, sculptures, stage sets and more for clients across the country including Silver Dollar City, Dunkin’ Donuts, Disney, Bass Pro, Six Flags, and Dollywood.

(Photo: Randy Stewart)

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce GO CAPS program hosts area high school juniors and seniors on-site at various local businesses, including the eFactory and the classroom facility at Cox Health. SRC—Springfield ReManufacturing Corporation—has provided GO CAPS with a sizeable office suite, suitable for instruction space, at their offices on East Division Street.  Here’s where students interested in engineering and manufacturing attend a daily two-and-a-half-hour session, either morning or afternoon, throughout the school year.

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

It’s just after 8:00 am on a Friday morning and I’m surrounded by 17 area high school juniors and seniors, dressed in business-casual attire and reflecting upon their week. This is the first day back in their typical GO CAPS classroom after spending the previous four days on site at Springfield businesses.  The group has been learning important aspects of professionalism, and what these businesses have to offer in engineering and manufacturing.  One of those students is Wyatt Comstock.

Kathryn Eutsler/KSMU

This group of teenagers huddled in this business parking lot during school hours isn’t playing hooky. They’re preparing to go to class inside SRC Electrical in Springfield.

Once inside, they’re greeted by Erin Malone, a human resources manager with rectangle glasses and a big smile.

MALONE: “Are we ready? Right this way…”

The students, dressed neatly in their brightly colored collared shirts and dresses, shuffle down a hallway…

“Take a left…”

…into a bright room lined with huge windows and a large projection screen.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

This morning on KSMU's Sense of Community Series, KSMU's Michele Skalicky talked with educators and administrators with GO CAPS.  In this segment, she talks with students in the program.

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