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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.

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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.

Justin Bearden
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Justin Bearden has aspirations of humanitarian work abroad, using his engineering experience to build facilities for under-served populations.

“Whether it just be housing or whether it be a hospital, schools, churches. Whatever it may be I just wanna be able to use my engineering knowledge to be able to help with that and make sure it’s a good, lasting structure,” says Bearden.  

Chris Kays
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Chris Kays prepares to share some tricks of the trade before roughly 30 high school students from across the Ozarks. The owner of F1 Computing Solutions is speaking to a GO CAPS class inside the eFactory near downtown Springfield.

“Any business model has to be dynamic. It has to change with the times, with the trends, with whatever’s going on in your industry. And you have to continuously research that and keep that up to date,” Kays says.