GOCAPS Course Strands

GOCAPS Lake Region Course Strands

Engineering and Manufacturing

Students will interact with engineers and manufacturers from across the business community to apply lean manufacturing processes that solve complex problems, create value for customers and strive for efficiency in production.

Project Examples from previous CAPS programs:

  • Conduct a traffic assessment at the Springfield-Branson National Airport.  The data is collected and sent to Institute of Travel Engineers to be included in the next Trip Generation Study manuals for global access.
  • Update all OSHA-regulated Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by a manufacturer and change them to Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
  • Conduct an audit of formal procedures that were a part of a quality manual and identify gaps between policies and procedures in the Quality Manual to actual performance of the applicable task.
  • Students are tasked with designing and presenting a solution on the need for the addition of multiple classrooms to their home high school. Deliverables include a presentation of the requirements and 3D representation of the solution.
  • Compare standard drawings in CAD system to drawings pulled by coordination or shop supervisor at time of work order to ensure most current revision is being used.  Identify any drawings being pulled for production that did not match the most current revision in AutoVault.

Potential Careers Include:

  • Architect
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • CNC Programmer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Fabrication and Assembly Technician
  • Industrial Automation Technician
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician
  • Logistics and Distribution
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Multi-axis Machine Technician
  • Plant Manager
  • Plastics Engineer
  • Production Supervision
  • Quality Engineer
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Welder

Business & Entrepreneurship

Given the dynamic nature of idea and business start-up, there is no fixed curriculum in this strand, but rather a framework for unique learning experiences called “CAPSules” that introduce a new theme through targeted business projects and business partner engagement. Students will cover topics in innovation and entrepreneurship, finance, leadership and teamwork, market analysis, communication and technology, project and time management, while housed in the business incubator space at The Mall.

Project Examples from our Business and Entrepreneurship strand:

  • To create a nationwide awareness of the potential in retail stores. Focusing on recruit companies in big cities
  • To provide clients with an easily digestible guide to implementing and using Google Analytics to monitor their website health
  • Create video marketing material for a startup company’s new website

Potential Careers Include:

  • Accounting/Finance Professional
  • Business Lawyer
  • Business Operations Manager
  • Digital Marketing
  • Entrepreneur/Business Owner
  • Human Resource Officer
  • Interior Designer
  • Journalist
  • Marketing Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Meeting, Event and Convention Planner
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Public Relations
  • Real Estate Agent/Developer
  • Social Media Marketer
  • Stock and Commodities Broker


Medicine and Health Care

Students will expand upon principles of human physiology through in-depth case studies of body systems. They will develop fluency in basic medical language, formulate treatment plans for patients, and practice physical assessment skills with the support of health care professionals from partner organizations like Mercy, Jordan Valley Community Health Center and Lake Regional Hospital.

Project Examples from previous CAPS programs:

  • Students partner with a local hospital and other GOCAPS engineering students to design and develop a plan to build a state-of-the-art simulation lab to practice patient care and life-saving procedures.
  • Students partner with a technology firm and local cardiologists to design new gigabit technologies that reduce the hospital readmission rate of congestive heart failure patients.
  • Students work with a local children’s hospital unit to design and develop a pediatric colostomy bag and flange that is more attractive and effective.

Requirements for Medicine & Health Care Students

Potential Careers Include:

  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Case Manager
  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Dentist
  • Health Care Administrator
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Radiology Technologist
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Surgeon
  • Veterinarian

Teaching Professions

GOCAPS students are immersed in education and training experiences across southwest Missouri. They learn from professionals, connect with departments of education at local colleges, build foundational knowledge in the field, and explore the vast array of related career options–both in and out of the traditional classroom.  Students spend a significant amount of time exploring various types of schools, grade levels, and classroom environments through tours and job shadows. They participate in an extended practicum, working in a classroom two to three days a week to observe teaching in action and to interact with students. GOCAPS students will also innovate to solve real-world problems, develop project management and professionalism skills and build a professional network in the region that will ensure future college and career success. 

Project Examples:

  • Research the trend toward 4-day school weeks
  • Analyze the availability of mental health resources in area high schools and provide recommendations for improving access
  • Create a prototype sensory vest to assist students with a variety of sensory issues including autism
  • Design and build a sensory mat for elementary students
  • Coordinate a school supply drive for students in the foster care system

Potential Careers Include: 

  • Child Care Director
  • College Professor
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Curriculum Director
  • Disability Support Associate/Advocate
  • Educational Administration
  • Education Policy Expert
  • Human Resources
  • Instructional Designer
  • K-12 Educator
  • Non-Profit Educators
  • School Counselor
  • Special Education Teacher
  • School Librarian
  • Technical Writer