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.
Keota ninth and tenth-grade GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual tour of LSU (Louisiana State University) Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Alyssa Chang, with the FOCUS Training Group and LSU Admissions Counselor Emily Harrison, led the virtual tour of LSU. The virtual tour began with Chang talking to the students about applying to college, ACT scores, financial aid, scholarships, and admission requirements. She also shared some fun facts about LSU, such as their mascot is a live tiger named Mike VII. She said the tiger is housed on campus and cared for by the LSU veterinary school. Next, LSU Admissions
Forty Keota eighth and ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured NSU (Northeastern State University) in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Students began the day at the W. Roger Webb Educational Technology Center, where they were greeted by Bailey Rush, NSU Graduate Assistant of Campus Visit Program’ and Northeastern State University Student Ambassadors Emma Chasten, Montana Hale, Benjamin Smith, and Cheyenne Jones. Rush presented students with an overview of NSU, which included how to apply for college, scholarship opportunities, student organizations, things to do in Tahlequah, and an emphasis on NSU’s Rookie Bridge Camp (RBC). The RBC is a fun-filled two-day camp for
Fourteen Keota seventh grade GEAR UP students recently visited Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. The two-story museum consists of a wide array of hands-on activities that allow students to have fun in an engaging way. The museum, as well as the name, has evolved since its creation in 1958. The mission of Science Museum Oklahoma, formerly known as the Omniplex Science Museum, is to enrich people’s lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science. GEAR UP students learned about various exhibits throughout the museum including a Tinkering Garage, Destination Space, Oceanarium, and the Science Floor, the heart of
Twenty Keota eighth grade GEAR UP students recently traveled to the Tulsa Zoo. Students visited the different exhibits, including The Lost Kingdom, African Plains, Asia, Children’s Zoo, Chimpanzee Connection, Mary K. Chapman Rhino Reserve, Helmerich Sea Lion Cove, and The Rainforest. The Zoo is home to a variety of animals, including a red panda, snow leopard, aldabra tortoises, African Painted dogs, giraffes, meerkats, lions, and primates. Students learned about the Aldabra tortoises, the second-largest species of tortoise on the planet. These giants can dig large holes and stretch their necks over three feet to reach blowing branches. Tulsa Zoo is
Thirty-nine Keota GEAR UP seventh and eighth grade students recently toured Connors State College and the Muskogee War Memorial Park, home of the USS Batfish. Students began their day at Connors State College (CSC) in the Fine Arts Auditorium. CSC Assistant Director of Recruitment Megan Duvall and Director of Recruitment Logan Nero provided an introduction to CSC and gave students a flyer and a CSC Cowboys sticker. The flyer showcased CSC’s academic degrees, campus life, tuition cost (comparing the rates of in-state tuition versus out-of-state tuition costs), financial aid and scholarship assistance, and housing. Nero highlighted the NSU 2+2 Program