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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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Eastern’s GEAR UP team attends the 2020 NCCEP/GEAR UP Capacity Building Workshop

Orlando, Florida was the site of the 2020 NCCEP/GEAR UP Capacity Building Workshop. Five members of the Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP team joined more than 1,300 GEAR UP professionals from across the nation at the workshop designed to help new and experienced GEAR UP professionals effectively meet their project goals and objectives through professional development and strategic planning activities. The workshop is coordinated by the NCCEP (National Council for Community and Education Partnerships) and is planned in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education. The workshops are built on key strategies organized around professional learning, and they are

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Panama ninth grade GEAR UP students toured Northeastern State University

Forty-four Panama ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured NSU (Northeastern State University) in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Students were greeted by NSU’s Visit Program Graduate Assistant Bailey Rush and Tour Guides Cheyenne Johns and Emma Chasteen. Rush presented students with an overview of NSU, highlighting information on how to become an NSU RiverHawk! Rush shared NSU’s Freshmen College Entrance Requirements, such as taking the ACT, meeting a score of 20 or above, and the importance of your GPA (Grade Point Average) while in high school. After the presentation, students toured various buildings around NSU’s campus, including RiverHawk Wellness Center, Seminary Hall,

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Haileyville GEAR UP students toured Connors State College

Twenty-three Haileyville eighth and ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma. The tour began in the Fine Arts Building, where the students met with the Director of Recruitment, Logan Nero. She provided the students with a handout about the college and the programs they have to offer. Nero informed the students about admissions, twenty-five different degree options, tuition fees, concurrent enrollment, and student life on campus. Nero then gave the students a walking tour of the college. They visited the library, seen housing options, the gym, and the classroom building, which is the oldest

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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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Tannehill GEAR UP students tour Murray State College

Thirteen Tannehill eighth grade GEAR UP students recently toured Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Students were greeted by Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator Craig Kelley who gave them an introduction to college life and expectations. He stated that the Murray motto is, “From here, you can go anywhere.” They began the tour of the campus inside the gunsmithing building, which is 1 of 4 programs in the country. From there, they visited the Library and the Paul J. Park Student Union, where they learned about the benefits each of these locations that students can access. Next, they toured the Veterinary

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Area Middle and High School Math and Science Teachers Receive Texas Instruments Training in Poteau

Twenty-nine area middle and high school math and science teachers recently participated in a two-day beginner level Texas Instruments workshop while 14 teachers participated in a one-day intermediate and advanced level training at Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau. The workshops were designed to help teachers integrate the TI-Nspire Navigator Systems effectively into classroom instruction, which helps students explore, understand and connect the principles of science, math, coding engineering design, and electronics. The trainings were conducted by Texas Instruments Specialists Mike Smith, Sandra Hocutt, Cassie Whitecotton, and Doug Roberts. “The Texas Instruments technology makes a huge impact in our local classrooms,”

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Area Middle and High School Math and Science Teachers Receive Texas Instruments Training in McAlester

Forty-four area middle and high school math and science teachers recently participated in a two-day beginner Texas Instruments workshop while 32 teachers participated in a one-day intermediate and advanced training at Eastern Oklahoma State College in McAlester. The workshops were designed to help teachers integrate the TI-Nspire Navigator Systems effectively into classroom instruction, which helps students explore, understand and connect the principles of science, math, coding engineering design, and electronics. The trainings were conducted by Texas Instruments Specialists Jeff Lukens, Sandra Hocutt, Cassie Whitecotton, and Doug Roberts. “We have seen the positive impact Texas Instrument technology makes in our local

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Indianola eighth and ninth grade GEAR UP students toured Northeastern State University

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

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Eufaula GEAR UP students visited the Cherokee Heritage Center

Thirty-nine Eufaula ninth grade GEAR UP students visited the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill, OK. Students toured Diligwa, a 1710 Cherokee Village. Students explored the primary council house learning that Cherokee families are matrilineal, which allows women to choose their husbands, hunt, fish, gather, and go to war. Students viewed flint knapping, a process in which flint or quartzite is struck with items such as hammer stone or the base of a deer antler to shape stone. Students learned about making a dugout canoe, using blowguns, and playing stickball. Students were able to walk through the Trail of Tears

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Harmony GEAR UP students tour the Braum’s Ice Cream Factory and Dairy Farm

Harmony GEAR UP students recently traveled to Tuttle, OK, to tour the Braum’s Ice Cream Factory and Dairy Farm.  Students were greeted by tour guide Anita Stephens who gave them a brief overview of the facility.  They were treated to freshly baked Braum’s cookies and ice cream bars while viewing a video of the history of Braum’s and the factory’s operating process.  After the presentation, students toured the ice cream factory where they watched the production and packaging of dairy products and learned about pasteurization and homogenization, which allows the milk to go from cow to shelf in 24 to

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