Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) Dean of Academic Affairs Dennis Lancaster said despite the extensive damage suffered by the building at 125 N. Howell Ave., classes will be held in the fall as expected.
Heavy rainfall from the April 29 storm resulted in several feet of water infiltrating the building, damaging equipment and much of the interior. Following the initial cleanup from the flooding, the West Plains Fire Department and other city crews worked for two days tearing out damaged sheetrock and OSB, or flakeboard.
City crews, along with assistance from MSU-WP and the West Plains School District/South Central Career Center, will now work to repair the damage, Shanks said.
GOCAT was created as a joint project to bring advanced technological training to area residents, who will have access to traditional education as well as key technological skills that are in demand by manufacturers.
Students of the center will be able to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Technology degree with options in either Alternative Energy or Advanced Manufacturing. Certificate programs in those two study areas also will be offered, along with customized training programs to area businesses and industries.
All three partners share one common goal: To bring jobs to West Plains, Shanks said.
In the spring semester there were 20 students enrolled at the center, which has already garnered a Top Five Award of Excellence in the category of Advanced Manufacturing by Expansion Solutions Magazine, Shanks said.
Source: West Plains Daily Quill