GOCAT Training Facility Receives Award

May 21, 2018

The Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Technology (GOCAT) located in West Plains was recently recognized by the Missouri Association of Workforce Development (MAWD) with the statewide Celebration of Partnership Award.

According to South Central Workforce Investment Board (SCWIB) officials who nominated GOCAT for the award, MAWD officials understood GOCAT was established as a result of a collaborative effort in the West Plains area. That partnership includes the city of West Plains, Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP), the South Central Career Center (SCCC) and the SCWIB, as well as numerous other agencies, industries and businesses.

“It is great that local teamwork is recognized statewide,” said Garland Barton, of Alton, a member of the state-wide Missouri Workforce Development Board and chair of the regional Workforce Investment Board. “Since the beginning of the GOCAT project, the community partnership that supports workforce training, education and business continues to grow and become a stronger team. I am proud of all of the partners!”

During a local event recognizing the award presentation, Barton presented the award to Dr. Dennis Lancaster, MSU-WP dean of academic affairs. Also present were GOCAT Project Director Sheila Barton, SCCC Director Jim Laughary, West Plains Councilman and Assistant SCCC Director Josh Cotter and newly-chosen SCWIB Executive Director Vanae Emerick.

“This project could not have come about without the very strong bonds formed between our partners,” said Garland Barton. “Collaboration is an easy word to throw around these days, but, in all my years, I have not experienced the coming together that we had for the GOCAT project. And not just by the partners, but by our support agencies and our many industry friends in the region.” 

For more information about the GOCAT, contact Sheila Barton at 255-7784. For information about the award and the nomination of the GOCAT for the award, contact the SCWIB at 417-257-2630. (The Daily Quill)