Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. We work closely with a variety of initiatives to engage students and connect them to real-world learning experiences and our community.
The beginning of a new school year presents new opportunities to connect with high school, undergraduate, and graduate students across the region.
Welcoming Incoming Freshmen to Missouri State University
Paige Oxendine, Assistant Director at the efactory, was this year’s speaker at the MSU New Student Convocation, the official campus welcome for new students. Paige is a 2013 Missouri State graduate where she earned degrees in Public Relations and Socio-Political Communication, was a Citizen Scholar and also served as Student Body President.
Missouri State University’s incoming freshman class is made up of nearly 3,000 students who were encouraged to Make their Missouri Statement through active participation in campus life and the Public Affairs mission.
Connecting High School Students to Careers in Business
For more than five years we have partnered with the Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (GO CAPS), hosting high school juniors and seniors from local school districts for the half-day career exploration program.
Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) programs are nationally recognized, innovative high school programs. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools, and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit.
This year nearly fifty high school juniors and seniors will spend half of their school day at the efactory, where they’ll have the opportunity to job shadow member companies, hear from guest speakers, and work on real-world business projects.
Undergraduate & Graduate Students Working Alongside Business Clients on Course Projects
We work closely with business clients and Missouri State University classes each semester on special course projects. Our programs worked with more than a dozen Missouri State University classes last year, pairing hundreds of students with local business clients for hands-on projects. These semester-long projects allow a group of students to take a deep dive into a particular area of need identified by the business client.
The beginning of the fall semester means new course projects are already in motion, pairing Accounting, Merchandising, and other Missouri State University classes with local business clients for tangible takeaways. Learn more about recent course projects that focused on developing strategic plans and go-to-market strategies for Missouri businesses.
Engineering Students Explore Civil, Electrical & Mechanical Engineering through Cooperative Program with Missouri S&T
Students in Springfield have the opportunity to be part of one of the best engineering programs in the country while staying close to home. Missouri State University’s Cooperative Engineering program with Missouri S&T means students can earn a Missouri S&T engineering degree on MSU’s Springfield campus.
The engineering program is housed alongside the efactory inside the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center, meaning students can also easily connect with our network of entrepreneurs and member companies. Nearly 300 students are enrolled in the program, which includes strands focused on civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering.