Thirteen Tannehill eighth grade GEAR UP students recently toured Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Students were greeted by Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator Craig Kelley who gave them an introduction to college life and expectations. He stated that the Murray motto is, “From here, you can go anywhere.” They began the tour of the campus inside the gunsmithing building, which is 1 of 4 programs in the country. From there, they visited the Library and the Paul J. Park Student Union, where they learned about the benefits each of these locations that students can access. Next, they toured the Veterinary Technology building, where they got a first-hand look at the Veterinary Tech program. The tour concluded with lunch on campus at the Aggie Dining room, where students learned about the college’s meal plans, and also gave students a look at life on campus.
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 over 3,000 students in 39 area schools for seven years.