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Reaching more students about career options As the Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (GO CAPS) program prepares to enter its fifth year, the program continues to grow. About 325 students will participate in the program this year from 22 school districts across the area. But one issue remains with the program: how to reach more…

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SGForum empowers YPs to improve themselves and their community The Network for Young Professionals prides itself on being one of the area’s premier organizations for YPs to advance their careers, fill leadership roles in the community and build relationships. So when the idea was put forward to hold a half-day forum to help members find…

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Steve Edwards: Homegrown and giving back to Springfield Steve Edwards was destined to be the CEO of CoxHealth. As he told the young professionals who gathered on May 21 for the latest edition of The Network’s CEO Series, he was raised in Springfield – by a family of health care professionals, no less, including a…

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A new perspective on the emerging workforce As employers try to attract, develop and retain new employees to the Springfield region, one of the keys to success will be figuring out how to engage students while they’re still in school. That was the focus of the first program in the Chamber’s 2019 Workforce Event Series,…

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Connecting teachers with workforce opportunities for students The GO CAPS Teacher Externship is gearing up for the fifth summer of the program, and to date over 50 organizations have empowered teachers make positive changes in their classrooms and their districts throughout the school year. No company is too small or too unique to add value…

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GO CAPS looks to continue growth in 2019-2020 As the GO CAPS program prepares for the 2019-2020 school year – its fifth year of providing students and teachers with unparalleled access to experiences in the modern workplace – the program is trying to find new ways to measure its success so far, and to see…

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New leaders offer new insights for a new year The Network kicked off 2019 by introducing roughly 100 of its members to their chairman for the new year, as well as the chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The “New Year, New Leaders” event on January 10 at the Chamber gave Network members a…

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Making the case for college students to live in Springfield after graduation Since its inception over a decade ago, one of the goals of The Network for Young Professionals has been to retain college students in this area after graduation. But in recent months, the group’s Student Outreach Task Force has taken a more aggressive…

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The importance of learning by doing When it comes to finding the right job, for many people the best approach is the hands-on approach. It’s been true for centuries. From apprenticeships to internships, many of the most trusted and long-standing career fields are built on the idea that those entering the profession should learn directly…

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