Twenty-seven Canadian eighth grade GEAR UP students recently toured OSUIT (Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology) in Okmulgee. While on campus, students learned about job success and methods OSUIT uses to help students reach their career goals. Friends of Pete, the on-campus student recruitment team, discussed available programs, tuition costs, financial assistance options, and campus life. Students participated in a walking tour in which they viewed Wilson Commons, one of campus housing options. Students also visited the OSUIT library where they saw the “Brodys,” or private study nooks with chairs, foot stools, lamps, and charging stations. Students were offered an additional taste of campus life when they ended their campus visit with lunch in the Cowboy Café, one of the dining options at OSUIT.
The field trip was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. Eastern received a $17 million federal GEAR UP grant in 2017, and will serve more than 3,000 students in 39 area schools for seven years.