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Haileyville Ninth and Tenth Grade GEAR UP Students Explore Carl Albert State College

Haileyville ninth and tenth grade GEAR UP students recently toured Carl Albert State College. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Skylar Wilkins, Paige Labor, Macie Graves, Annie Dawson, Jenessa Dugger, Shayden Cole, Alex Pease, Lydia Zachary, Chelsea Easter, Shelby Ranells, Mariah Shamasco, De’Marion Bickham, (back row) Toby Easter, Caleb Hatcher, Akiera Hawk, Braden Suter, Tyler Wagstaff, Jaylon Hughes, Jaymen Jones, Wyatt Beers, Brennan Kuykendall, James Meek, Alex Richards, Christopher Johnson, Dylan Parks and Elijah Tackett.

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Indianola Ninth Grade GEAR UP Students Tour Connors State College

Eighteen Indianola ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured Connors State College in Warner, Okla. Director of Recruitment Logan Nero welcomed the students to campus at the Fine Arts Building. She gave each student a CSC informational booklet, and then showed a PowerPoint presentation about the college. Nero informed the students about admissions requirements, the 25 degree options, tuition costs, financial aid availability, and on-campus student life opportunities. Due to COVID-19, there are many safety procedures to follow to visit the CSC campus, including wearing a mask. Nero gave each student a CSC-branded face mask. Madison, a work-study student, gave

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Indianola tenth grade GEAR UP students recently visited Connors State College. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Hailey Martin, Jaidi Painter, Tiffany McNeelis, Jaden Boatner, Abbi Collins, Dusty Bush, Angel Skinner, (row 2) Eric Neace, Joshua O’Dell, Garrett Townley, Brycen Battles (back row) Casey Mekler, Paris Stone, Jason Haws, Noah Peterson and Seth Stone.

Indianola Tenth Grade GEAR UP Students Visit Connors State College

Indianola tenth grade GEAR UP students recently visited Connors State College. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Hailey Martin, Jaidi Painter, Tiffany McNeelis, Jaden Boatner, Abbi Collins, Dusty Bush, Angel Skinner, (row 2) Eric Neace, Joshua O’Dell, Garrett Townley, Brycen Battles (back row) Casey Mekler, Paris Stone, Jason Haws, Noah Peterson and Seth Stone.

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McAlester Tenth Grade GEAR UP Students Virtually Tour Seminole State College

One hundred forty-three McAlester tenth grade GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual tour of Seminole State College. Due to COVID-19, and following the school’s safety procedures, adjustments were made to the normal on-campus college field trip to give students the opportunity to learn about college at SSCOK. Using Zoom, a video conferencing platform, students connected with SSCOK Recruitment Specialist Britney Honsinger who discussed several topics, the benefit to attending a community college, the differences between a bachelor’s degree and an associate’s degree, academic programs offered at SSCOK, tuition and fees costs, financial aid, and admissions requirements. Honsinger also

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McAlester Ninth Grade GEAR UP Students Virtually Tour Northeastern State University

One hundred sixty-three McAlester ninth grade GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual tour of Northeastern State University. Due to COVID-19, and complying with the school’s safety standards, adjustments were made to the normal on-campus college field trip to give students an insight to a college experience at NSU. NSU representative Sara Ryals connected with the students via Zoom, which is a video conferencing platform. Ryals introduced herself and shared her experience as a NSU student. She also showed the students a virtual tour of NSU’s Tahlequah campus. She then talked to the students about NSU’s history, degree programs

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Wilburton ninth grade GEAR UP students tour the University of Arkansas Fort Smith

Wilburton ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured UAFS (University of Arkansas Fort Smith). Students were met by UAFS student ambassadors, and discussed the admissions process as well as on-campus and online degree programs. UAFS offers 74 academic programs, including 33 bachelor degrees, 14 associate degrees, and 27 certificates. As the students were divided into two groups and led through campus, UAFS student ambassadors discussed the importance of freshman year of high school, which is the time to begin thinking about future educational plans. Student ambassadors led students through different buildings, and informed students of where specific classes were held,

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Bokoshe GEAR UP students visited the Symphony by the Sea at the Oklahoma Aquarium

Eighteen Bokoshe eighth and ninth grade GEAR UP students recently attended Symphony by the Sea at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, Oklahoma. Oklahoma Aquarium partnered with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra to create an experience combining both arts and science. The students were guided by Oklahoma Aquarium Education Specialist, Alyssa Rodriguez, through three galleries in the aquarium to learn about a particular animal or habitat from the aquarium combined with a selected musical ensemble. Bokoshe GEAR UP students and staff enjoyed the sharks and strings performance where they learned how the sharks respond to the string musicians as they performed in

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Rattan eighth grade students tour Paris Junior College

Rattan eighth grade Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP students recently toured PJC (Paris Junior College) in Paris, Texas. Students were greeted at the Williams Administration Building by Academic Advisors Misty McMikel and Randy Hider. The tour began with an informational session about the application process to PJC followed by the importance and process of financial aid. McMikel and Hider gave students the opportunity to ask questions about what it takes to attend PJC, and allowed the students to choose which departments to visit. Students toured several departments across campus, including the Workforce Training Center and the Applied Science Center

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Crowder GEAR UP students tour Connors State College

Thirty-four Crowder eighth and ninth grade Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP students recently toured Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma. Students began the day in the Fine Arts Auditorium where they received information about Connors State College, current staff, available majors, work-study programs, sports, and financial aid. Students participated in a campus tour where they viewed the Equine Barn, Classroom Building, Student Union, and Melvin Self Fieldhouse. Throughout the tour, students received information regarding financial planning for college, including completion of Oklahoma’s Promise in eighth, ninth, or 10th grades. Following the tour, students ate lunch in the Student Union

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Fanshawe eighth grade GEAR UP students tour Connors State College

Fanshawe eighth grade Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP students recently toured CSC (Connors State College) in Warner, Okla. CSC Assistant Director of Recruitment Chandler Young met the group at the Fine Arts Auditorium where she provided students with an introduction and overview of the college. She discussed the different degree programs as well as the importance of ACT scores, financial aid, and scholarships. Young challenged students to begin thinking about their future. After touring the Fine Arts Auditorium, students were led through the Education Building where math and science classes are held. Next, students visited Miller’s Crossing, the main

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