Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Technology (GOCAT)

In an effort to bring advanced technological training to area residents, Missouri State University-West Plains, the South Central Career Center and the City of West Plains have joined forces to develop the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Technology (GOCAT). Through GOCAT, residents can complete degree and certificate programs in technology or participate in customized training opportunities.

The Center is intended to provide advanced, hands-on manufacturing training to individuals, from high school age through adulthood, that are looking to expand their skills in a technical field. These degrees are designed to match the skills needed by employers to fill high-wage, high-skill positions in a growth industry.

The programs are approved by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education and, for the eligible student, are fully approved for federal and state financial aid programs.

Major manufacturers of our area, such as DRS Technologies, Armstrong and Caterpillar, helped develop the training programs to benefit manufacturers of all sizes.

Academic Programs

Programs offered include Electronics and Electricity, Machining, CAD/CAM, PLC’s, Controllers, Robotics, Hydraulics, Welding and more. Graduates will be ready to pursue entry-level careers in various industries such as electrician technician; installation, maintenance and repair worker; welder; electronics technician; robotics programmer; millwright and many other opportunities.

Employment in these job sectors in South Central Missouri is expected to grow by 8.5% by 2022 with 28.5% coming from new growth. Average salary is $40,108. Top employers and industry partners are DRS Technologies, Armstrong, Perennial Energy, Caterpillar, Arlee, Regal and Eminence Manufacturing, Inc.

Customized Training

Missouri State-West Plains has a wide variety of programs and courses to improve productivity in business and industry. Our Workplace Employability Skills certificate provides the opportunity for students to develop interpersonal skills, problem-solving, ethical decision making and communication skills. Additional programs in leadership, computer applications and customer service are just a sampling of other training we can provide.

Costs

For more information on tuition and fees for one of the academic programs, contact the admission office. Financial aid may be available. If you have a group of employees to train or a particular challenge for your business, contact Sheila Barton for more information. We offer value added, affordable training customized for your needs.

Associate's Degree

The Associate of Applied Science in Technology, with options in Alternative Energy, Manufacturing Technology and Technology Management, are available to students through a combination of seated, blended, online and laboratory courses. These programs are offered through the Ozarks Regional Partnership for Education and Training (ORPET), a collaborative program between the South Central Career Center and Missouri State University-West Plains.

Skills you’ll learn as a student:

  • Alternative Energy: Electricity, electronics, biofuels, solar and wind energy
  • Manufacturing Technology: Welding, automated manufacturing, materials and processes
  • Technology Management: Safety, supply chain, quality and project management

Occupations:

  • Manufacturing technicians
  • Fabricators
  • Production, planning and expediting

Career development assistance is available. Classes start August 2016. For more information or to enroll, contact the admissions office at (417) 255-7955 or at WPAdmissions@MissouriState.edu.

GOCAT Facility

  • Located at 125 N. Howell Avenue
  • Approximately 16,000 sq. feet
  • Four classrooms; Computer Lab, Community Conference Room and Fab Lab
  • Large shop area with 6 bay doors
  • Opening Fall 2016