About Us


GOCAT is a partnership between Missouri State University – West Plains, South Central Career Center and the City of West Plains to bring advanced technological training and community education to area residents.

MSU-WP offers the university’s Associate of Applied Science in Technology degree with options in Alternative Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Industrial Maintenance, Advanced Fabrication & Welding, and Technology Management.  Certificate programs in these areas are also offered.

These program options prepare students for employment in industries with automated processes. Students will have knowledge in materials, automated manufacturing, applied electricity and electronics, mechanical systems and fluid power and be well suited for technician positions.

In addition, customized training programs will be provided on an as-needed basis through the center to area businesses and industries.

For more information on any of our programs, please contact (417) 255-7784.


Subject area

Courses offered within the degree and certificate programs include electronics and electricity, machining, computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's), controllers, robotics, hydraulics, welding, fabrication, and more. Graduates will be ready to pursue entry-level careers in various industries and occupations such as electrician technician; installation, maintenance and repair worker; welder; electronics technician; robotics programmer; millwright and many other opportunities.

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 human resources, leadership, computer applications and customer service are just a sampling of other training we can provide.


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 Director of Workforce Development, Sheila Barton for more information. We offer value-added, affordable training customized for your needs.

GOCAT Training Facility

  • Located at 395 Jackie D. Garrett Drive
  • Approximately 16,000 sq. feet
  • Four classrooms, community conference room, Fab Lab, large machine shop area, and welding lab