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GEAR UP Hosts Motivational Speaking Event

In celebration of the upcoming National GEAR UP week, over 700 juniors and seniors from eastern Oklahoma recently traveled to Wilburton High School to participate in a motivational speaking event featuring Carlos Ojeda Jr, founder and CEO of Coolspeak: The Youth Engagement Company. Carlos shared with students his personal journey and the struggles he faced as a young person growing up in a New Jersey inner city. Gang violence prompted his immigrant parents to move his family to a small Pennsylvania town, where he found school difficult because of the cultural and educational differences. Ojeda was rescued by an educator

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GEAR UP High School Math and Science Teachers Receive Texas Instruments Training

Ten area high school math and science teachers recently participated in a Texas Instruments workshop at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton. GEAR UP provides technology and training to math and science programs within the partnering schools in Southeast Oklahoma. The workshops were designed to help teachers integrate the TI-Nspire Navigator Systems and rovers effectively into classroom instruction, which helps students explore, understand and connect the principles of science, math, coding engineering design, and electronics. There are currently 81 classrooms within partnering schools providing opportunities and technology to students. This program and the equipment provided are at no cost to

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2022 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference in Washington, DC

Twenty-one students, chaperones, and GEAR UP team members recently attended the 2022 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference in Washington, DC. The group spent four days touring Temple University and Columbia University, as well as historical sites in New Jersey, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, DC. As the conference activities began, the five students—Beau Flanagan, Poteau; Katie Hollingsworth, Clayton; Sara Skelton, Panama; Alyssa West, Coalgate; and ZaCaaron Williams, McAlester—attended the first session of the Youth Leadership Summit (YLS), chaperones—Angel Barbie; Angela Hollingsworth; Susan Skelton; Anne West; and Michelle Williams—attended a “Chaperone Orientation”. The opening session of the conference began with NCCEP

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GEAR UP students attend College Matters Summer Camp

Fifty-three 10th and 11th-grade GEAR UP students from area partner schools recently attended Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP College Matters Summer Camp. GEAR UP worked with FOCUS Training to design and deliver a four-day, three-night leadership camp. Students participated in various leadership activities focused on team building, improving communication skills, preparing and finding the right college, financial aid and scholarship search, and active community involvement. The overall goal of the activities was to establish strong, impactful leaders and prepare for the future after high school. Each year, GEAR UP summer camp participants complete a community service project. This year,

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Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP Students attend S.T.E.M. Camp at EOSC

Twenty-eight Junior and Senior GEAR UP students from Area Public Schools recently participated in S.T.E.M. Camp at Eastern Oklahoma State College, showcasing careers and education.  Students from Antlers, Bokoshe, Canadian, Clayton, Coalgate, Hartshorne, Howe, Keota, LeFlore, McAlester, Panama, Porum, Poteau, Quinton, Rattan, Savanna, Spiro, Talihina, and Wilburton spent three days on the EOSC campus learning about different S.T.E.M. Careers and growing in their education as well. Many area organizations partnered with GEAR UP to make this week a success. City of Wilburton, Oklahoma Forestry, Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Wilburton, Wyoming State Parks, and Eastern Oklahoma State College all

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GEAR UP Students and Parents Travel Across Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri for Extraordinary Tours

One hundred thirty-four students and guardians recently participated in a two-night three-day charter bus trip across Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri. The trip was sponsored by EOSC GEAR UP (Eastern Oklahoma State College Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), and allowed partner schools’ students and their parents or guardians to tour colleges and universities they would not typically visit, the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, and a behind the scene career exploration at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. The tour began at Eastern Oklahoma State College (EOSC) in Wilburton. Participants toured the campus and learned about programs and

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