What is Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (GO CAPS) Branson?

Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) programs are nationally recognized, innovative high school programs. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit.

In light of COVID-19, as we work to reimagine our future reality and innovate to make positive change, we would like to learn how GO CAPS may be of service to your organization. CAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.

NEW Business & Entrepreneurship Strand Launching August 2020

GO CAPS Branson is a consortium between Branson, Hollister, Reeds Spring, and Spokane School Districts. We are entering the fourth year of our Medicine and Health Care strand located at Cox Medical Center Branson and are launching our NEW Business and Entrepreneurship strand in late August 2020.

GO CAPS Branson has partnered with the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, which will be the host site for the new Business and Entrepreneurship strand.  However, students will be frequently off-site and in partnering business locations for many program experiences.

What are the core values that unite, define, and guide the CAPS experience?

Profession-based Learning

Instructors develop real-world, project-based learning strategies through collaborations with business and community partners. These interactions enhance the learning experience, preparing students for college and career.

Responsiveness

CAPS supports high-skill, high-demand careers through ongoing innovation in curriculum development, programs and services based on local business and community needs.

Self-Discovery and Exploration

Students realize their strengths and passions by exploring and experiencing potential professions. This allows them to make informed decisions about their future, while learning to exhibit leadership.

Professional Skills Development

Unique experiences allow students to cultivate transformative professional skills such as understanding expectations, time management and other essential business values. These skills are critical to providing students a competitive advantage in their post-secondary education and professional careers.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

Instructors create an environment where creative thinking and problem solving is encouraged. An innovative culture is key to fostering entrepreneurial learning and design thinking.

Who participates in the GO CAPS Branson program?

Juniors and Seniors from Branson, Hollister, Reeds Spring, and Spokane High Schools currently participate in the GO CAPS Branson program.

GO CAPS Branson is in session during the academic year, following the Branson Public Schools calendar.  The Business and Entrepreneurship strand will launch in August 2020 and will be offered via a morning session during the 20-21 school year.  Students will be available Monday- Friday from 8 to 10:30 a.m. for their GO CAPS experience. 

How can I partner with the GO CAPS Branson program?

Partnerships can vary based on the needs and availability of each organization.  There is no ‘right way’ to get involved and time commitment can vary depending upon your availability.  We are looking for any organization that would like to share about their business and passion for what they do with the workforce of tomorrow.  Some examples of partnerships include, but are not limited to:

  • Guest instructor – share about your role, organization, or about a concept in business
  • Organization Tours – open your doors to share about your organization through a guided tour
  • Job Shadows – host a student to job shadow with you or someone in your organization.  Job shadows can be a one-time experience between the hours of 8 and 10:30 a.m. or recurrent experience.
  • Business Partner Projects – We are looking for problems/projects/opportunities for improvement within your organization where GO CAPS students have the opportunity to utilize professionalism, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and innovation to develop potential solutions to a real-world problem.   
  • Internships – host a student for an extended time period for real-world learning experiences within the 8:00 am to 10:30 am timeframe.

Why should I partner with GO CAPS Branson?

Organizations receive many benefits from partnering with GO CAPS, including:

  • An opportunity to mentor and train the workforce of tomorrow
  • Recruit future talent through meaningful work experience in your organization
  • Retain talent through professional connections and relationships through GO CAPS
  • Build community through investing in local youth
  • Receive project deliverables that can benefit your organization

What types of projects do GO CAPS participants work on as part of the program?

Project scope, timeline, and deliverables will vary, but we are looking for meaningful opportunities for students to utilize creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving to create solutions to problems or opportunities for improvement that will be a value add to your organization.

You can find examples of past projects below:

  • Populated an application program interface (API) for a company’s WordPress website.
  • Rebranded a digital marketing company to simplify sales message, giving consistency to the company’s voice and increasing engagement with customers.
  • Developed marketing research for a digital marketing company.
  • Created video marketing materials for a local startup.
  • Designed and developed website materials for a local business including content for social media platforms.
  • Created digital app to streamline visitor transportation at a resort.

How can I get more information about partnership?

Please email or call Kristen Mills, GO CAPS Branson Coordinator, at millsk@branson.k12.mo.us or 417-848-1495 to schedule a meeting to discuss future opportunities.

If you are interested in participating in the GO CAPS Business & Entrepreneurship strand (August 2020) complete the form below and indicate project needs or potential project needs you have within your organization.