McAlester GEAR UP students tour Tulsa Community College—SE Campus


WILBURTON, OK (April 22, 2016) – Thirty–nine members of Mrs. Penny Oss’ morning English classes at McAlester High School recently traveled to Tulsa to tour Tulsa Community College—SE campus. TCC is one of the best values among Oklahoma’s state–supported colleges and universities. TCC has four campuses in Tulsa. McAlester GEAR UP students toured the Southeast campus, encircling a landscaped green space and campus ponds. There are nine buildings on the TCC–SE campus. What makes the campus unique is that the buildings are connected by a series of sky bridges seamlessly tying the campus together.

McAlester students arrived to find it was “Blowout Week” on campus. The event was held in the hub, an area where several of the sky bridges were connected. TCC students representing social programs, clubs and campus organizations were setting up booths to distribute information about their organizations, as well as offering free refreshments and drawings for door prizes. The event is designed to integrate new students into the college atmosphere.

TCC offers courses in over 200 degree programs at the Associates and Applied Associates levels, and Certifications of Achievement. Student Recruiters Sara Cruz and Cale Leggett led students through facilities that housed studies in the fields of Liberal Arts, Communications, Business, Performing Arts, Science, Mathematics, Health Sciences, and Biotechnology. They also received glimpses of the Student Union, including the cafeteria, bookstore, and library.

The tour concluded in the Administration and Enrollment Building where the students were informed of the “Open Door” enrollment policy, various scholarship and grant opportunities, as well as student services, and the availability of concurrent enrollment for high school students. It was pointed that McAlester Students could receive concurrent credits online with administrative approval and upon their accepted enrollment.

Following the campus tour, students relaxed and enjoyed a filling lunch at Golden Corral. During lunch, students reflected on the tour and discussed the event while it was still fresh upon their minds.

“Overall, the tour was impressive,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Ron Sullivan. “It’s important to provide opportunities for students to visit various colleges and universities so they realize the options that are available to them.”

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 one that is cultural/educational in nature.

McAlester High School students pause in the breezeway separating the Admissions and Enrollment offices from the Communications offices at TCC–SE. Pictured are: Front Row: Hunter Smith, Conner Stewart, Lane McIntyre, Brooke Wilkins, Zandria Garner, Khloe Shannon, Jennah Johnson, Adisyn Webster, Rishard Davis–Rushing, Rashad Clark and Mike Redway. Row 2: Matthew Herrera, Alec Ash and Canyon Pascale. Row 3: Hannah Berhnardt, Dylan Stobaugh, Shaun Dickey, Clayton Rice, Pamela Patton, MerryBeth Marcum, Brooke Hunt, Kayla Marcum, Tyler Gomez, J. C. Rippetoe, Andrew Rogers and Chase Lalli. Row 4: Jacob Nooner, John Dixon, Steve Mitchell, John Long, Thomas Howell, Ben Domingue, Dalton Lovell, Alyx Samuel, Angel Sharpe, Rebeca Lawson and Jaceuqline Gaytan. Back Row: Noah Sparks.

McAlester GEARU UP juniors Shaun Dickey and Clayton Rice debate who should be featured in pictures of McAlester students touring TCC.

McAlester GEAR UP students Hunter Smith (lower left), Matt Herrera (top) and Adisyn Webster (lower right) stroll past the vending machnes as they enter one of the many vestibules that seamlessly connect all nine buildings of the TCC–SE campus.

McAlester students go down stairs that lead to the modern workoout facilities available to the students at TCC–SE. Students are John Dixon, Canyon Pascale, Conner Stewart, Jacob Nooner, Dylan Stobaugh and J. C. Rippetoe.

McAlester junior Mike Redway stops for a quick game of table tennis with a TCC student while McAlester High School history teacher J. Paul Lane and Jacqueline Gaytan look on.

McAlester GEAR UP student Matthew Herrera (center) checks out the fish in the aquarium as the fish check out the MHS students touring the Science/Mathematics/Health/Biotechnology Building on the TCC–SE campus. Matt is fanked by Lane McIntyre (left) and Hunter Smith (right).

Back to News Listing