High school students learned to “ASPIRE Higher” at Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP summer college readiness camps


WILBURTON (Aug. 5, 2015) -  Rising sophomores and juniors from Oklahoma gathered at Eastern Oklahoma State College to attend four college readiness camps called ASIPRE Higher. These three day camps focused on setting high school students up on the right track to apply and get accepted into college.

Once again EOSC GEAR UP teamed up with FOCUS Training to give these students one of the best camp and educational experiences of the year. This year’s camp included a community service project and fun activities that focused on test preparation and team building. 

Students had a taste of college life from the start of camp. After checking into their residence hall, they started their first team challenge which was a scavenger hunt across the campus. Teams had to find and learn about important offices, classrooms, and resources that EOSC had to offer. Their college experience continued thorough classroom sessions, dining in the cafeteria, and even swimming in the campus pool.

The ASPIRE Higher sessions included engaging activities for problem solving as a team, teaching students about different types of grade point averages, how social media can impact their lives negatively or positively, a college ready checklist, ACT preparation as well as a session over resume development.

There was a graduation ceremony at the end of camp in which students received a certificate of completion. The Most Enthusiastic Team was awarded and a Camp King and Queen were crowned.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal initiative to increase the number of low–income students who enter and successfully transition into postsecondary education. Eastern will receive more than $12.6 million during a seven–year period to help students and educators in 30 partner schools. The camps were free to GEAR UP participants.