Eufaula GEAR UP seventh graders tour Tulsa Community College


WILBURTON, OK (Oct. 17, 2018) – Fifty-one GEAR UP students recently traveled to Tulsa to tour the Southeast Campus of Tulsa Community College (TCC). Students were welcomed to campus by Admissions Counselors William Baldwin and Lucia McFarland. Students were met with an ice-breaker question: What is your name and your biggest fear? Many students listed spiders, snakes, heights and other animals/insects. The chaperones and Admissions Counselors even listed their fears to the students. It was interesting to hear the commonalities.

Students began the tour in Building 8 which houses the Math, Science, Nursing and other Allied Health programs. The tour made a stop to see the fish tank before heading to the Nursing lab. Nursing is one of the most popular programs on campus. Students got an inside look at the Nursing lab with the latest high-tech equipment to aid in student understanding and success in the career. The mannequins used in the lab cost between $2,500 and $250,000. They are considered “real life” and have all the functions of a human. TCC students graduate the program with an Applied Associate in Nursing and can earn their Registered Nursing Certification.

“The mannequins were very realistic, and I think it’s a great way to get hands-on learning while in the nursing program,” said Gracie-Jane Lasiter, 7th grade student at Eufaula.

Admission counselors stopped by the Aetna Learning Center where TCC students receive Science and Math help. They can also check out TI-84 calculators for free with a student id. There are numerous resources available for TCC students to get assistance if they are struggling with a class. Success is the goal and instructors are great to work with students. Class sizes are an average of 25 students, similar to Eufaula middle school classrooms.

Next the tour took Eufaula students through the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education. For many this was a highlight of the Southeast Campus. This state-of-the-art facility houses the performing arts programs and serves as the performance hall for the Signature Symphony at TCC, TCC Music and Theatre productions, and an array of visual arts and performance groups. Students were able to go inside the newly-renovated auditorium which can seat approximately 1,500. The Admissions counselors explained that students do not have to be a performance major to take these courses as electives. The tour then took students behind the scenes to the Scene Shop and Office where all sets for the productions are created and assembled. This is another option in the performing arts for students to consider while in college.

The final trek of the tour took students through the main part of campus which consists of the Student Union. This is a hub of daily activity for the TCC students. The Student Union houses the cafeteria, bookstore, library and Fitness Center. There is a Student Life office where students can get a list of events. All are free and most include food! TCC has an app students can download to keep informed of all that is happening on campus and in the Tulsa area. This office also offers TCC students discounted tickets to attractions around Tulsa such as the Zoo, Aquarium, State Fair, movie theaters and the Performing Arts Center in downtown Tulsa.

The field trip was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. Participating schools take two field trips each academic year—one to tour a college or university and on that is cultural/educational in nature. In 2017, Eastern recently received a $17 million federal GEAR UP grant and will serve over 3,000 students in 39 area schools for seven years.

Eufaula 7th graders stop for a group photo outside of the campus Fitness Center. (front row, left to right) Brooklyn Watson, Kamree Fry, Adyson Beaver, Valerie Lewis, Kambry Williams, Lorelie Scarborough, Chenoa Bumgarner, Abigail Charlton, Zoe Davis, Brianna Hallum, Katelyn Pennington, Ciceley Stevens, (row 2) Avery Williams, Jiselle Flores, Kalyn Holman, Gracie-Jane Lasiter, Riley Crump, Parris Wingo, Alexis Horton, Nichole Shrabel, Isabela Garrette, Anne Ashley, Hannah Peace, Brooklyn Dickey, Courtney Doolittle, Lani Degman and Hanna Bascue.

Eufaula GEAR UP students listen as they are welcomed to the Southeast TCC campus. Pictured are (left to right) Sydney Jones, Chenoa Bumgarner, Lorelie Scarborough, Kayln Holman and Gracie-Jane Lasiter.

Eufaula student Prudence Yahola gets an inside look of the nursing lab and the computerized mannequins used to train college students.

TCC Admissions Counselor William Baldwin discusses resources available in the Student Union. Pictured are (left to right) Emily Goodman, Courtney Taylor, Summer Brown, Miya Bradford, Kiera Williams, Abby Savage, Maya Drake, Sydney Jones, Jaycie Kiker, Skylar Kess and Brianna Gilley.

Admissions Counselor William Baldwin inquires on student interests before beginning the campus tour. Pictured are (left to right) Emily Goodman, Maya Drake, Jaycie Kiker, Sydney Jones, Jiselle Flores and Alexis Hester.

Eufaula 7th graders stop for a group photo outside of the campus Fitness Center. (front row, left to right) Eufaula teacher Lori Rippy, Summer Brown, Lexie Linn, Kaycee Thomas, Skylar Kess, Brooke Lane, Kiara Lewis, Sarah Brown, Cammian Magreevy, Sydney Jones, Jaycie Kiker, Mica Combs, Prudence Yahola, (row 2) Emily Goodman, Natalie England, Kiera Williams, Miya Bradford, Abby Savage, Courtney Taylor, Jordas McClish, Maya Drake, Brandi Murrell, Brianna Gilley, Teressa Young-Hilburt, Alexis Hester and GEAR UP Coordinator Rachael Ranallo.

TCC Admissions Counselor William Baldwin visits with Eufaula students before the tour begins. Pictured are (left to right) Cammian Magreevy, Lorelie Scarborough, Kayln Holman, Abigail Charlton, Parris Wingo, Valerie Lewis and Jordas McClish.

Eufaula students Sydney Jones and Jiselle Flores get an inside look of the nursing lab and the computerized mannequins used to train college students.

Eufaula GEAR UP students check out the TCC student cafeteria inside the Student Union. Pictured are (left to right) Skylar Kess, Brianna Gilley, Kaycee Thomas, Alexis Hester, Teressa Young-Hilburt, Brandi Murrell, Natalie England, Mica Combs and Prudence Yahola.

Eufaula 7th grade students Natalie England and Mica Combs wait inside Building 8 (Math and Science) on the TCC campus.

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