Cub Pride Article (May 12, 2017) by Mrs. Rebecca Merriman, GO CAPS Coordinator
Monday, May 8, 2017
Cub Pride: GO CAPS
Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies
Rebecca Merriman, Program Coordinator
GO CAPS Monett is completing its second year, providing juniors and seniors an opportunity to work alongside professionals solving real-world projects in embedded, business classrooms. In just two years, we’ve grown from two to four strands (or classes) and from 15 to 38 students. Next year this growth continues as we invite students from surrounding school districts to be part of GO CAPS.
This year our students were given projects from 21 business and organizations in our community, helping them solve problems and develop solutions that are being used today. Industry professionals frequented their business classrooms, industry tours were taken throughout the region, and career paths were explored through this hands-on learning environment.
Each strand is led by experienced instructors who bring professionalism and a tremendous amount of passion to their team. We’ve been fortunate our students have been led by Mr. Marty Lewis (Engineering & Manufacturing), Mrs. Meagan Strong (Medicine & Health Care), Mrs. Kim Newbold & Mrs. Peg Winfrey (Teacher Education, and Ms. Marlena Driscoll (Technology Solutions).
The impact this program has on our students can be best shared by the students themselves:
“The most valuable thing I’ve learned from GO CAPS is not necessarily learning what I like to do but more of what I don’t like to do. Being able to test drive the technology aspects that you do and don’t like really comes in handy. Learning to create websites really opened my eyes into what I was good at, and what wasn’t for me. GO CAPS helped set my pathway, and joining it was one of the best decisions I made while in high school.” -Chelsea Dunn, Senior, Technology Solutions
“The most valuable thing that I will take away from GO CAPS is that I was undecided on my college major, and now after my experience in GO CAPS, I know that I want to be a teacher. Without the hands-on experience with the teachers and students, I don’t know that I would have realized this as my calling.” -Addison McColloch, Senior, Teacher Education
“The most valuable thing I've learned from GO CAPS is the importance of communication. Communication is a big part in GO CAPS, whether it is with other professionals or your teacher. GO CAPS has allowed me to experience real shadowing hours that I couldn't have experienced in a traditional classroom. Going into GO CAPS, I thought I wanted to go into dentistry. Shadowing in different occupations and multiple dentist offices has helped confirm that I, 100%, without a doubt, want to be a dentist.” -Michael Majors, Senior, Medicine & Health Care
“Through GO CAPS, I've been given opportunities to introduce myself to the community. This may sound odd, but, in reality, this is experience and knowledge I would have never received through normal school activities or classes. My team members and I have been working with multiple manufacturing companies within our community and have completed projects that help our local businesses. If you're looking to better yourself, help others, and get out of your comfort zone, then I would suggest joining GO CAPS.” -Isaac Blair, Senior, Engineering & Manufacturing
Each of our students has a story, and they are each walking away with new skills and insight to confidently prepare them for the next step in their future.
The Parent Student Handbook explains the GO CAPS philosophy and approach to learning. It outlines student expectations in regards to attendance, dress code, project work and grading.
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