Testimonials

Armstrong Flooring logoWe at Armstrong Flooring believe and invest in the future. With a partner like GOCAT that provides our future potential employees with the ways and means to fill the jobs that we will need we can be assured that we will have what we need. The technical skills and aptitudes that GOCAT offers assures us that we don’t have to worry about seeking out future hires from far away they will be right here and home grown and can actively provide for this community as well.

Tommy Artz, PHR, SHRM-CP
Armstrong Flooring
Human Resources Manager

Armstrong Flooring logoAs Human Resources Manager of Regal Beloit America, Inc. and part of the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Technology (GOCAT) Advisory Board, I am pleased to offer my support of the GOCAT and the partnership of Missouri State University, West Plains, South Central Career Center and the City of West Plains.

The post-secondary training being taught at the GOCAT will increase the technical skills necessary to our industry, ensuring a pipeline of future skilled workers and will aid in the region’s economic growth. This partnership and the creation of the training center is critical to our community and they have the expertise, knowledge and passion in bringing this training center to reality.

Our company represents the manufacturing industry sector and we will continue to participate in the GOCAT by providing avenues for internships and employment opportunities, curriculum development and developing industry-recognized credentials.

Suzanne Cooley
Armstrong Flooring
Human Resources Manager
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I became extremely interested when I understood the objective of Greater Ozarks Center Advanced Technology (GOCAT). Their goal is to provide local residents with advanced technological training that meets the current and future needs of industry in the area. A development team of representatives from the City of West Plains, Missouri State University, South Center Career Center and other key players displayed a mode of teamwork and dedication like is seldom seen in a community effort.

As an employer what does GOCAT mean? A source has developed curriculum which will meet the continuously changing needs of industry. How could they know every detail about what that program should contain? They asked, developed, got feedback, modified when needed and are now are ready to put that curriculum to use. They will continually seek information to assure their program meets the industries’ future needs.

As an individual what does GOCAT mean? It means you can have training locally that is driven by the real needs of local employers. In other words, you can get the skills here that get jobs here now and keep them!

As Senior Director of Human Resources at DRS Sustainment Systems Inc., Chair of the South Central Area Workforce Investment Board, and a member of the Missouri Workforce Development Board what does GOCAT mean? It means our nation, state and region all need to invest in training and development programs to build the capabilities needs of the future. It is costly and not an easy job. That is why I say "hats off" to the core team and the community that has amazingly worked together to provide such a resource as GOCAT for our area to meet our business goals and improve retention. I repeat with care what was recently said: "I am less afraid of developing my people and having them leave than I am of not developing them and having them stay."

Garland G. Barton
DRS Land Systems
Senior Director of Human Resources
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Here at Regal Beloit America Inc. in West Plains Missouri we need a grass roots program like GOCAT to provide the skilled training we need. We are in competition from around the world and we must manufacture smarter to stay in that race. GOCAT programs have been tailored to fit our hiring needs. The relationship between industry, college and the local school district makes this program very important to our future. We currently have 4 individuals in the program and plan to utilize that more in the future.

GOCAT is a great program for Regal's future in West Plains!

Sam Nash
Regal Beloit America, Inc.
West Plains Plant Manager