Howe seventh and eighth-grade GEAR UP students recently traveled to Tulsa to tour the southeast campus of TCC (Tulsa Community College). Students were greeted by Admissions Counselor William Baldwin and Student Recruiter Lucia McFarland. They talked to the students about TCC and the admission process. They discussed how there are over 100 majors for students to choose from at TCC.
The tour started in Building 8 that houses programs for science, mathematics, health science, and biotechnology. Students viewed the Nursing Department and saw a hospital setup equipped with robotic mannequins that can perform real-life scenarios for students to practice what they have learned in class.
Next on the tour was Building 6 that houses the PACE (Performing Arts Center for Education). Students can participate in arts at TCC even if they do not plan to major in this area. The final stop on the tour was Building 9, the Student Union that houses the Student Life Offices, campus store, food court, and fitness center.
After lunch, Howe GEAR UP students visited the Tulsa Tech Center. Students toured departments representing three career fields: Welding, Criminal Justice, and Health Science programs. Randy Craven, Director of Tulsa Tech, spoke to the students about how Tulsa Tech offers a wide range of opportunities to prepare students for success in a career.
First stop on the tour was the Welding Department. Students walked through the department and learned that in the 18-month adult program, students learn how to utilize advanced welding techniques, interpret blueprints, specifications, and welding symbols, along with developing comprehensive skills in welding and cutting process.
Next stop was the Health Science Department where the students viewed the Practical Nursing program. Students develop nursing skills and understand nursing concepts through theory, clinical, and lab experiences.
Last on the tour was the Criminal Justice Department. Students had a first-hand look at how to utilize proper detention techniques and the process for criminal investigations. The Criminal Justice program can lead into many career opportunities for students.
“College tours are an important part of Eastern’s GEAR UP program,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Tara Martin.
The field trip was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. Participating schools take two field trips each academic year—one to tour a college or university and one that is cultural/educational in nature. Eastern recently received a $17 million federal GEAR UP grant and serves over 3,000 students in 39 area schools.