Sixty GEAR UP sophomores and juniors from Coalgate High School recently traveled to Wilburton, OK, to tour the campus of Eastern Oklahoma State College (EOSC). Karen Darby, Director of Recruitment, and Hanna Truitt, Recruitment and Retention Specialist, greeted the students and gave a brief overview of college life. They encouraged students to consider a smaller college as the first step on their post-secondary educational journey. Following the introductions, Darby and Truitt guided students on a walking tour of the campus, including the admissions office, Mountaineer Radio, Johnson Hall dormitory, and the nursing department. Alton Jones, EOSC Police Chief and Adjunct
Seventy-two Coalgate ninth and 10th grade GEAR UP students recently toured the Atoka Museum and Civil War Cemetery. Students were greeted by Museum Director Cindy Wallis who guided students through the museum. Students viewed exhibits honoring Atoka county notorieties, such as singer Reba McEntire and bull rider Lane Frost. Wallis also shared information concerning early Oklahoma history, which included lifestyles, culture and customs of the early settlers. Students observed exhibits from the mid-1900s, and learned about rotary phones, switchboards, and other early appliances. Wallis discussed several local natural disasters and how those affected the area’s commerce and reconstruction. After touring
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.
Forty-one Coalgate eighth grade GEAR UP students recently toured MSC (Murray State College) in Tishomingo. Students were greeted by MSC Recruiter Craig Kelley who gave them a brief overview of college life and expectations. He explained to students that a two-year college like MSC is a good place to start their collegiate adventure allowing them to learn how to be a college student in a safe and less expensive environment than a four-year college. Kelley led students on a walking tour of the campus, including an extensive tour of the MSC gunsmithing program, which teaches all aspects of building and
Seventy-five GEAR UP students from Coalgate recently traveled to Ada to tour CLEET (the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training). The seventh and eighth grade students were greeted inside the K.O. Rayburn Training Center by Operations Manager Shannon Butler who gave a brief overview of the purpose and mission of CLEET. He explained that police academy training is more than just learning about firearms and fast driving. Training also involves learning constitutional law and Oklahoma statutes. He addressed several methods of responding to calls and traffic stops. He conducted a field sobriety test on several students. Following the introductory
Eighty-one GEAR UP students from Coalgate recently traveled to Ada to tour the campus of ECU (East Central University). The seventh and eighth grade students were greeted by Admissions Recruiter Alyson Chapman inside the Bill S. Cole University Center. Chapman, a Coalgate alumnus, gave a brief overview of collegiate life at ECU and the benefits of attending a smaller university located close to home. She stated that 50 percent of ECU’s students graduate debt free and explained the importance of financial aid. Chapman, along with fellow recruiters Claudio Harvey, Kelsey Miller, Abi Linares, and Sidney Lyons led students on walking