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Year 3 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 8th and 9th 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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Canadian eighth-grade GEAR UP students tour Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

Twenty-seven Canadian eighth grade GEAR UP students recently toured OSUIT (Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology) in Okmulgee. While on campus, students learned about job success and methods OSUIT uses to help students reach their career goals. Friends of Pete, the on-campus student recruitment team, discussed available programs, tuition costs, financial assistance options, and campus life. Students participated in a walking tour in which they viewed Wilson Commons, one of campus housing options. Students also visited the OSUIT library where they saw the “Brodys,” or private study nooks with chairs, foot stools, lamps, and charging stations. Students were offered an

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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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Tannehill GEAR UP Students Visit Fort Gibson Historic Site

Tannehill eighth grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Fort Gibson Historic Site in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. Students began the day by watching a video about the history of Fort Gibson. After the video, took a walking tour of the site, which includes a reconstruction of the early log fort and the stockade, as well as original buildings from the mid-1800s. GEAR UP students learned that Fort Gibson served as a pivotal role in the political, social and economic upheaval that marked the westward expansion of the United States. Fort Gibson Historic Site is a National Historic Landmark with operating

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Eufaula ninth grade GEAR UP students tour Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

Twenty-eight Eufaula ninth grade Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP students recently toured Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee. Students began the day meeting Friends of Pete, the on-campus student recruitment team that assists with recruitment events. Students viewed a presentation about OSUIT programs, and then participated in a walking tour of campus, learning about the LASSO Center, library, and graphic design and culinary arts programs. Throughout the tour, students gained additional information about OSUIT by asking questions regarding admissions, tuition, graduation, and employment.  Following the tour, students ate lunch on campus in the Cowboy Café, providing students

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Spiro eighth grade tours Northeastern State University

Fifty-six Spiro eighth grade GEAR UP students recently toured NSU (Northeastern State University) in Tahlequah. Students began the day at the W. Roger Webb Educational Technology Center where they were greeted by NSU Campus Visit Program Graduate Assistant Bailey Rush and NSU Student Ambassadors, Brittany Waters, Cheyenne Jones, and Tim Gardenhigh. Rush presented students with an overview of NSU, including information about admissions and scholarships, campus life activities, and degree programs. After the presentation, students began to tour NSU’s campus. The first stop on the tour was Seminary Hall, the oldest building on campus. The next stops on the tour

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Spiro ninth grade GEAR UP students tours University of Arkansas Fort Smith

Sixty-nine Spiro ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured UAFS (University of Arkansas Fort Smith). Upon arrival, student ambassadors MiKayliegh Norris, Fatima Bonilla, and Abigail Powloshi introduced students to the heart of the campus, the Smith-Pendergraft CC (Campus Center), and provided an overview of UAFS. The CC is home to student aid and financial services, campus bookstore, student activities center, and food court. After the presentation, students toured the campus, visiting Boreham Library, Windgate Art and Design, Baldor Technology Center, and the Donald W. Reynolds Plaza, Tower, and Campus Green, an outdoor area for many student activities and gatherings. The

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Antlers ninth grade GEAR UP students tour Murray State College

Antlers ninth grade GEAR UP students recently visited Murray State College in Tishomingo. Students began the day at Fletcher Auditorium, and then toured some of the main buildings on campus. Student Affairs and Student Support representatives provided students with a question and answer session about financial aid, housing, campus life, and programs offered. Two of the favorite stops on the tour were the gunsmithing technology and nursing programs. The field trip was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. Eastern received a $17 million federal GEAR UP grant in 2017, and will serve more than 3,000 students in 39

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Panama eighth grade GEAR UP students tour Northeastern State University

Forty-one Panama eighth grade GEAR UP students recently toured NSU (Northeastern State University) in Tahlequah. Students began the day at the University Center where they were greeted by NSU Campus Visit Program Graduate Assistant Bailey Rush and NSU Student Ambassadors Tim Gardenhigh, Montana Hale, Kloey Sharp, and Libby Sharp. Rush presented students with an overview of NSU, including information about admissions and scholarships, campus life activities, and degree programs. After the presentation, students toured campus. One notable stop was the Centennial Plaza, a gathering place established on the 100th anniversary of the founding of NSU. A bronze statue of Sequoyah,

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Eufaula ninth grade GEAR UP students tour Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

Twenty-three Eufaula ninth grade Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP students recently toured Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee. Students began the day meeting Friends of Pete, the on-campus student recruitment team who assists with recruitment events. Students viewed a presentation about OSUIT programs, and then participated in a walking tour of campus, learning about the LASSO Center, library, and graphic design and culinary arts programs. Throughout the tour, students gained additional information about OSUIT by asking questions regarding admissions, tuition, graduation, and employment.  Following the tour, students ate lunch on campus in the Cowboy Café, providing students

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Bokoshe eighth and ninth grade students tour Northeastern State University

Sixteen Bokoshe eighth and ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured NSU (Northeastern State University) in Tahlequah. Students began the day at the University Center where they were greeted by NSU Campus Visit Program Graduate Assistant Bailey Rush and NSU Student Ambassadors Montana Hale and Benjamin Smith. Rush presented students with an overview of NSU, including information about admissions and scholarships, campus life activities, and degree programs. After the presentation, students toured campus. The first stop on the tour was Seminary Hall, the oldest building on campus. The next stops on the tour were Centennial Plaza, Bagley Hall, and the

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