SPRINGFIELD, MO (11/29/17) - Test driving a future career option and students are doing it through a program called Go Caps.
“So Go Caps is a junior senior career and college exploration program where we partner students with businesses around the community to help give them a since of what their future would look like with a certain career path," says the executive director Lindsay Haymes.
Being honored with a check of $5,000 from AT&T for innovative educational partnership today, Go Caps lasts year round with student’s attending sessions to better their knowledge and skills. These classes, also, allow for dual credit opportunities through Missouri State University and Ozarks Technical Community College.
“We have access to so many resources. Everyone has access to this wonderful network of people that are all interested and working on making startups and developments," says senior Brenden Reeves.
The sessions last two and half hours during the week and students feel they are getting the skills needed for brighter futures.
“It has put me in contact with people all throughout the community that I didn’t think that I’d be able to come in contact with," says Reeves.
Southwest-area students are a part of GO CAPS’ Springfield-based program or one of three affiliate programs (Monett; Lake Region which includes Lebanon, Camdenton and Conway; and West Plains.) Roughly 175 students come into Springfield-area businesses from 14 of the 20 school districts.
"They just need to talk to their high school counselor and make sure they have room in their schedule," says Haymes. "This is a great experience for students that want something a little different than a traditional high school experience.”
With 250 students total, they will be graded on project work, self, peer, and business assessments. These young professionals in the making will, also, have to dress business casual every day to get the real world feel.