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McAlester GEAR UP Students Take a Virtual Tour of the Dallas Holocaust Museum

Two hundred fifty-three McAlester freshman and sophomore GEAR UP students participated in a virtual tour of the Dallas Holocaust Museum. The tour began with an introduction of the tour guides Kathy Garber, Carol Pinker, and Veronique Jonas and a brief talk about the history and mission of the Dallas Holocaust Museum. The museum was founded in 1984 by a group of Dallas area Holocaust Survivors. The museum’s mission is to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference.  They then lead students through exhibits in the Holocaust/Shoah Wing, showing them artifacts from

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GEAR UP Local Education Agency Representatives Attend 2020 Virtual Partnership Meeting

Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP program hosted its annual partnership meeting for area school superintendents, principals, counselors, and lead teachers. More than 95 school representatives met virtually to learn about the current services EOSC GEAR UP is providing to area schools. Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal initiative to increase the number of low-income students who enter and successfully transition into postsecondary education. In 2017, Eastern received $17,091,200 to help serve students in partner schools throughout seven years. Eastern Oklahoma State College’s President Dr. Janet Wansick, welcomed the participants to the virtual

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LeFlore GEAR UP Students Explore Texas Tech University

LeFlore ninth and 10th grade Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual tour of TT (Texas Tech University) in Lubbock, Texas. Nejahla Hopkins, a current public relations student, connected with the students via Zoom, a virtual meeting platform, where she took the students on a virtual walking tour of the campus.   The tour began at West Hall, home to the Visitors Center, Office of Admissions, and Student Financial Center. The Broadway Entry Gates, fountains, and Seal mark the main entrance to campus. The next stop on the tour is one of the most well-known

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Wister GEAR UP Students Take a Virtual Tour of Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Wister freshman and sophomore GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual college tour of Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU), the home of the Savage Storm. The students met with Recruiter Steven Harris via Zoom. Harris started the tour by asking the students about their future career interests. After viewing a short video, Harris discussed the top majors SOSU offers, including Safety and Aviation. Harris also reviewed the SOSU programs that the students showed interest in earlier on the tour. He encouraged students to find a college that was a good fit for them and to get involved on campus.

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Rattan GEAR UP students participated in a virtual tour of the University of Texas, Austin. Pictured are (left to right) Cassidy Mack, Cailin Jamison and Courtney Reese.

Rattan Ninth and Tenth Grade GEAR UP Students Participate in a Virtual Tour of the University of Texas Austin

Rattan ninth and tenth grade Eastern Oklahoma State GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual tour of the University of Texas, Austin, hosted by FOCUS Training representative Latrell Armstrong. The Zoom conference began with a welcome from Armstrong. Students were then given an overview of the university, including admission requirements, housing, cost, and student life, from University Representative Lupita Rodriguez. Rodriguez gave students a virtual tour of the campus and discussed important buildings they would need to be familiar with as a freshman. Following the talk, students were given an opportunity to ask questions about college in general with

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Cameron GEAR UP Students Explore Carl Albert State College

Fifteen Cameron ninth and 10th-grade GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual college day with CASC (Carl Albert State College) Recruiter Hunter Sizemore. CASC is a public two-year community college serving over 3,000 students. CASC has over 30-degree programs and nine certification programs available for students. The virtual tour started in Hemphill Hall, where Sizemore showed students where admissions, enrollment, student affairs, and financial aid office are in the building. Next, students toured the Costner-Balentine Student Center. The Student Center houses the Café 1507 as well as the campus bookstore. Aside from books, the bookstore provides numerous class supplies

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Moyers GEAR UP Students Tour Carl Albert State College

Moyers ninth and tenth grade GEAR UP students recently toured CASC (Carl Albert State College) in Poteau, Oklahoma. Students were greeted by CASC Recruiter Hunter Sisemore, Viking Ambassadors Hayleigh Drake, and Logan Nipper. Students began their tour in Hemphill Hall, where the students visited the Financial Aid office where Drake talked to the students about the Scholars program and how it can help pay for their education at CASC. She also explained the importance of applying for scholarships and meeting financial aid deadlines when in college. Students continued their tour of the campus by visiting several other buildings across campus

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Buffalo Valley GEAR UP Students Tour Rose State College

Buffalo Valley ninth and tenth grade Eastern Oklahoma State GEAR UP students recently toured RSC (Rose State College) in Midwest City, Okla. RSC Future Student Relations/Engagement Coordinator Donnie Anderson began the tour in the newly constructed W.P. Bill Atkinson Student Center by providing students with an overview of Rose State College, including majors offered and a look into student life on campus. Following the talk, students took a walking tour of campus, where they met several current RSC students. Students visited several RSC buildings, including the Larry W. Nutter Administration Building, E.T. Dunlap Learning Resources Center, and the Village Student

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Clayton Ninth and Tenth Grade GEAR UP Students take Virtual Tour of Texas A&M University

Clayton ninth and tenth grade Eastern Oklahoma State GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual tour of Texas A&M University hosted by FOCUS Training, an EOSC GEAR UP Partner. The virtual tour began with a welcome from Latrell Armstrong, FOCUS Training representative. Students were given an overview of the university which included the admission requirements, tuition, housing costs, and student life information. Next students were given a virtual tour of Texas A&M University campus. Following the tour students were given an opportunity to ask questions about the university. Armstrong discussed the importance of asking questions about the college and

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Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP Partner Schools Receive Technology During COVID-19 Pandemic

Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP recently purchased a variety of technology items for area GEAR UP schools to assist with the schools’ needs for virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each GEAR UP school indicated its immediate need to help conduct virtual education for students. GEAR UP spent over $194,650 on laptops, headsets, and Chromebooks. The technology was distributed to cohort schools based on the requested need. 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.

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