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Year 4 is Underway!

School is back in session across Southeast Oklahoma, and that means that EOSC GEAR UP is busy  kicking off another year with the teachers and students of our partner schools. This year’s cohort is in the 10th and 11th grade, and with students entering high school, college is looming closer and closer on the horizon! We have a lot of great things planned for the year, so keep an eye here for ways to get involved!

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Coalgate GEAR UP Students tour Eastern Oklahoma State College

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

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Quinton GEAR UP students tour Carl Albert State College

Quinton junior and sophomore GEAR UP students recently toured Carl Albert State College (CASC) in Poteau, Oklahoma. Students were greeted by Hunter Sisemore, the Lead Recruiter at CASC. The tour began in Hemphill Hall where the students visited the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid and Learning Resource Center. Students continued their tour by visiting several buildings on campus which included Gedosh Scholar Dorm, Health Science Center, Dr. Joe E. White Library, Ross and Artie Stivers Center and Costner-Balentine Student Center which includes the bookstore and cafeteria. Sisemore discussed with students the numerous programs available on campus and the 8 programs

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Wilburton GEAR UP Students Tour Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

Wilburton sophomore GEAR UP students recently toured Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT) in Okmulgee, OK. OSUIT is a recognized leader in applied technology education. Students were greeted at the Grady Clark Center by Recruiter Caitlin McCourt upon arrival. McCourt provided students with an overview of the academic programs offered, admission requirements, tuition cost and the history of OSUIT. Students then viewed a presentation video of Dr. Bill R. Path, President of OSUIT speaking to students about the expertise of instructors and job placement upon graduation. McCourt also discussed with students about the hands-on experience they can receive from

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Wister Sophomore GEAR UP students visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Wister sophomore GEAR UP students recently visited Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Students were greeted by Sarah Foster, School and Community Programs Coordinator upon arrival. Students were given a guided tour of the “This is US (United States),” art exhibit. Students viewed works of art and explored their interpretation of each piece of art through discussion. Students spent the remainder of their visit touring the art museum independently. Crystal Bridges gets its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction that is incorporated into the building. Wister students found the 30-foot bronze, stainless steel,

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Stringtown GEAR UP Students tour Seminole State College

Twenty-six GEAR UP sophomores and juniors from Stringtown High School recently traveled to Seminole, OK, to tour the campus of Seminole State College (SSC). Caitlin Brown, Recruitment Specialist, greeted the students and gave them a brief overview of the admissions process. Each incoming student is assigned to a financial aid specialist who helps make the transition to college easier. After the introduction, Brown guided students on a walking tour of the campus, including the Business Department, Raymond Harber Field House, Student Union, and the Information Technology Building. Students explored the David Boren Library, which provides access to online research, private

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Howe GEAR UP Students Tour Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

Howe junior and sophomore GEAR UP students recently toured OSUIT (Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology) in Okmulgee. OSUIT is a recognized leader in applied technology education. Students were greeted at the Grady Clark Center by Abigail Rush, Student Success Facilitator upon arrival. Rush provided students with an overview of the academic programs offered, admission requirements, tuition costs, and the history of OSUIT. Students then viewed a presentation video of Dr. Bill R. Path, president of OSUIT speaking to students about the expertise of instructors and job placement upon graduation. After the presentation, students were given a tour of two

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Eufaula GEAR UP Students Tour the OKC Zoo and Botanical Garden

One hundred and twenty GEAR UP sophomore and junior students recently visited the OKC Zoo and Botanical Garden in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District in northeast Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Zoo covers over 100 acres of beautiful gardens and animal exhibits. Students enjoyed exploring the indoor and outdoor animal exhibits, which included a variety of habitats, such as Sanctuary Asia, Oklahoma Trails, Cat Forest/Lion Overlook, Butterfly Garden, and the Noble Aquatic Center. Students observed animals in their habitats while learning what it takes to care for each animal. The students were excited to see the animals in their habitat and learn

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McAlester GEAR UP students tour Eastern Oklahoma State College

McAlester GEAR UP students recently toured EOSC (Eastern Oklahoma State College) in Wilburton, Okla. The day started with EOSC Recruiters Karen Darby and Hannah Truitt greeting students at the E.E. Tourtellotte Student Center. Darby gave an overview of EOSC, which highlighted the admissions process, campus housing, degree programs offered, and tuition cost, which is one of the lowest in the state. Students were then given a tour of the campus that included the Nursing department, radio station, Meats Lab, music department, and Johnston Hall. Students began in the Nursing Department in Gunning Hall. Darby explained how the nursing students learn

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Hartshorne GEAR UP students tour the Science Museum Oklahoma

Fifty-two Hartshorne GEAR UP students recently visited the 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. Students roamed while learning about various scientific principles. 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. Science Museum Oklahoma is enjoyed by students of all ages. GEAR UP students learned about various exhibits

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