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.
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
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.
Thirty-three Indianola eighth and ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured NSU (Northeastern State University) in Tahlequah. Students were greeted by NSU Campus Visit Program Graduate Assistant Bailey Rush and were presented with an overview of NSU. Rush provided students with information about degree programs, financial aid, and tuition rates. NSU has twenty-four graduate programs, sixty undergraduate programs, and the only optometry program in the State of Oklahoma. NSU has the fourth lowest tuition rate in Oklahoma. After the presentation, students toured the rest of campus including the University Center, Riverhawks Wellness Center, Centennial Plaza, Bagley Hall, and the Gregg
Thirty-five Indianola eighth and ninth grade GEAR UP students recently visited SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City. The museum is a unique educational experience that focuses on the form and function of the skeletal system. The tour began with an introduction to osteology followed by the difference between extant, which is still existing, and extinct, which is not existing. The students participated in a scavenger hunt designed to help them investigate different specimens in the museum. The exhibits include adaptation, locomotion, classification and diversity of the vertebrate kingdom. Students who attended the trip were: Kaydence Beams, Bethany Box, Brenden
Twenty-eight Indianola seventh and eighth grade GEAR UP students recently toured ECU (East Central University) in Ada. Students began the day by dividing into three groups, each being guided by an ECU Recruiter, Alyson Chapman, Claudio Harvey, or Kelsey Miller. Students took a walking tour of the campus, learning about many aspects of campus life. “Studies show your grades are better and you stay in school to complete your degree program when you’re active in and out of the classroom,” said Chapman. “So, get involved on campus. Be sure to pay attention on the tour to know what to expect
Twenty-seven Indianola seventh and eighth grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Oklahoma City Zoo. Students began the day by participating in Animal S.O.S. (Save Our Species), which is only one of 18 educational programs the zoo offers. Abby Hurt, OKC Zoo Educator, discussed with students about endangered species in Oklahoma and around the world as well as ways people can help those animals. Students learned H.I.P.P.O., which stands for Habitat Destruction, Invasive Species, Pollution, Poaching, and Overhunting, all of which have endangered various species throughout the world. “It is so important for us to educate our youth and ignite
Twenty-four Indianola 6th and 7th grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Tulsa Air and Space Museum (TASM) in Tulsa, Okla. Students began the morning by watching the Dream to Fly Planetarium show. Dream to Fly is a poetic story about the history of aviation from Leonardo di Vinci’s wish to construct a flying machine to today’s most recent aircraft developments and everything in between, including the Wright brothers’ first aircraft in 1903. “I love every part of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum,” said Bryan Kyle, TASM Assistant Planetarium Director. “Although I am Assistant Planetarium Director, my favorite part