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The Network touts access to local leaders, outdoor amenities There are many reasons why Springfield is a great place for people starting or growing their career, and The Network for Young Professionals works hard to share those opportunities with the community. Two recent events highlighted a couple of the biggest advantages in our area: access…

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The changing face of colleges – and college students – in Missouri Technology has changed the world of higher education in myriad ways, from how information is shared with students to the environment in which they receive it – and even what information is most important for them to be receiving. Missouri’s ability as a…

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GO CAPS program expands in its fourth year When high school students reach their fourth year, they often look to expand their horizons … see what new possibilities the future might offer and explore their options. For the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Professional Studies (GO CAPS), it’s no different. The 2018-2019 school year marks…

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Meeting the new city manager The first few weeks in a new job can seem like a flood of information. For Jason Gage, the first few weeks in his new role must seem like drinking from a fire hose. But Gage, who began in his role as the new Springfield City Manager on August 1,…

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The power of encouraging employee education When Brandon Jones was hired by SRC at age 19, he was just out of high school. Twelve years later, he’s still with the company as a product engineer for SRC Electrical – and he’s in the middle of getting his master’s degree. Neither is a coincidence. The company…

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GO CAPS helps teachers share workplace experiences with students Many teachers in the area are taking the summer months to enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Or maybe they’re teaching a session of summer school. But some are using the time for a new type of experience – in conjunction with the Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced…

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Young professionals make their voices heard in Jefferson City On April 11, members of The Network for Young Professionals took the opportunity to engage with key state legislative leaders in Jefferson City during their second-ever lobby day to the state Capitol. Network members met with multiple members of the southwest Missouri legislative delegation and the…

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Preventing and addressing fraud in international organizations It’s hard to argue with the fact that technology has improved efficiencies and made our jobs easier every day. But that technology also opens the door for businesses to become the victims of potential fraud and embezzlement – and the problem goes beyond major, high-profile targets such as…

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GO CAPS students showcase results of yearlong experiences The students who participate in the Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (GO CAPS) program spend an entire school year immersed in real-life, hands-on job experiences. learning about potential career opportunities and college pathways to reach those careers after their high school years are over. On…

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Turning workplace culture into talent recruitment and retention The struggle for today’s businesses to grow and prosper often centers around finding and keeping the right mix of talented, motivated employees. And with unemployment rates at historic lows, the biggest key to recruiting and retaining those employees can often be creating the right workplace culture. Chamber…

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