GOCAT News Stories

Missouri State University - West Plains held our 1st annual high school welding competition on April 8, 2022.  Read the story for more details.


MSU-WP Workforce Development Programs on KY3

KY3, The Place did a great job highlighting our workforce programs with an emphasis on our Advanced Welding and Fabrication Program.  Watch the segment KY3 The Place, Workforce Interview.

Educator of the Year

The Educator of the Year award was created to honor those who educate our youth. The Chamber presents this award to those whose commitment to educational excellence has made an impact in the lives of students, fellow faculty members and our community. 

This year’s recipient has trained a total of 66 individuals from August 2019 – May 2021.  Teaching programs in Advanced Industrial Maintenance Technology, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Machining, Alternative Energy and Advanced Welding/Fabrication.

63 have earned credentials. 9 students received their degree and journeyman status with DOL.  10 students have started in the Advanced Welding/Fabrication program with 9 students successfully completed their first semester.

For recognizing a need in our community. For having the forethought to fill the needs for our local businesses and work together with those entities to Make it Happen Here. For helping the trades industry make a much-needed comeback. For giving nontraditional students an opportunity to learn here in West Plains and reinvigorate a dream to make a living doing what you love.

The recipient of the 2021 Educator of the Year Award goes to GOCAT Facility Team.

 Educator of the Year


Announcement of Transformational Gift

Read the announcement on the University Communications blog.

Five people hold shovels preparing to break ground on construction project