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Porum GEAR UP Students Tour Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium

Forty-five Porum freshman and sophomore GEAR UP students recently visited the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium. Students explored exhibits throughout the museum, hearing about the aviation industry by utilizing various visual aids spanning over 12 years. Next, they toured the MD-80, which was donated to the museum by American Airlines. Students also explored interactive exhibits such as the Hot Air Balloon Simulator, Space Shuttle Launch, and the Space Shuttle Robotic Arm. Last on tour was the James E. Bertelsmeyer Planetarium. The Planetarium show explored the journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy to experience both the awesome

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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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Porum GEAR UP Students Virtually Tour Eastern Oklahoma State College

Forty-five Porum freshmen and sophomore GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual college tour of EOSC (Eastern Oklahoma State College). Recruiter Karen Darby conducted an in-person presentation and a virtual campus tour of EOSC at Porum High School. Darby began by discussing some of the benefits of attending a two-year college, such as cost-saving opportunities and being close to home. GEAR UP students received a pamphlet with all the degree programs EOSC offers. Darby then introduced some of the most acclaimed programs offered at EOSC. One of the newer programs offered is the Respiratory Therapy program, a health care

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Porum Eighth Grade GEAR UP Students visited The Outsiders House Museum

Thirty-two eighth grade GEAR UP students from Porum recently visited The Outsiders House Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Students began the tour with an introduction to Danny Boy O’Connor at the “Curtis Brothers House.” O’Connor provided information regarding the restoration of the home while retaining the look and feel from the book and movie. Students viewed photographs, props, manuscripts, and other historically significant artifacts related to The Outsiders. One of the staff members at The Outsiders House Museum, John Beasley, explained in detail to the students on how individuals lived during that time. Students walked the neighborhood where Beasley pointed out

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Porum Ninth Grade Students Tour Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

Thirty-two Porum GEAR UP students recently toured OSUIT (Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology) in Okmulgee. The students began their day in the Grady W. Clack Center where they met with the student recruitment team who provided information about campus life, educational programs, tuition and financial aid, and paid internships while completing their education. GEAR UP students visited programs including 3D Modeling & Animation where they learned graduates have earned jobs designing videogames, assisting with commercial designs, and architectural design and presales. The tour proceeded to the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program where students learned about the course. Before completing

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Porum eighth grade GEAR UP students tour OSUIT

Twenty-nine Porum eighth grade Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP students recently toured OSUIT (Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology) in Okmulgee. Students began the day with a fun-filled meeting with members of the on-campus student recruitment team known as Friends of Pete. Students viewed a presentation about various programs available while attending OSUIT, participated in a question and answer session, and then received a walking tour of the campus where they viewed the LASSO Center, library, dormitory, wellness center, sauna, student union, bookstore, and other aspects of college life. Students gained useful information to prepare them for admissions, graduation,

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Porum seventh graders tour Rogers State University and Will Rogers Memorial Museum

Thirty-eight Porum GEAR UP students recently visited RSU (Rogers State University) and the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore. Students began the morning at Rogers State University. Campus Visits & Events Coordinator Addison Murray welcomed students to RSU. University Recruiters Jake Swincegood and Rachel Smith gave students a quick overview of RSU admissions, financial aid availability, student organizations and program options. Students were given souvenir bags with RSU info and goodies. After the presentation, students divided into two groups to tour campus. The tour started in Herrington Hall where students learned about the eSports Program at RSU. Students had plenty

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Porum eighth graders tour Rogers State University and Will Rogers Memorial Museum

Forty-one Porum GEAR UP students recently visited RSU (Rogers State University) and the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore. Students began the morning at Rogers State University inside Markum Hall where the Admission office is located. Campus Visits & Events Coordinator Addison Murray welcomed students to RSU. She began her welcome with a short presentation titled “College Prep,” an overview of things to know that can help students plan and prepare for after high school. Students gained an idea of the admissions process as well as resources available to help with the transition from high school to college. The presentation

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Porum GEAR UP eighth graders tour Oral Roberts University

Thirty-five eighth grade Porum GEAR UP students recently traveled to Tulsa to visit Oral Roberts University (ORU). Students began the morning by participating in a guided tour at ORU led by Student Ambassadors Jordan Rollinson (a sophomore from Fort Worth, TX majoring in Government) and Joseph Thomas (a freshman from Montgomery, AL majoring in Business Administration). Students saw numerous buildings and learned about various programs on campus. Students began the tour at ORU’s Global Learning Center where student ambassadors met students inside on this unusually chilly day to welcome them to campus. They ventured across campus to the Graduate Center.

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Porum GEAR UP seventh graders tour Oral Roberts University

Thirty-six Porum GEAR UP students recently traveled to Tulsa to tour Oral Roberts University (ORU). Students began the morning by participating in a guided tour at ORU led by Student Ambassadors Jordan Rollinson, a sophomore from Fort Worth, TX majoring in Business Administration and Joseph Thomas, a freshman from Montgomery, AL majoring in International Business and Management. Porum students saw numerous buildings and learned about various programs on campus. Founded to educate the whole person—spirit, mind and body—Oral Roberts University promises a thorough education in the context of a vibrant Christ-centered community. Students began the tour at ORU’s Global Learning

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