Panama freshmen GEAR UP students tour Oklahoma State University–Institute of Technology


WILBURTON (Dec. 11, 2014) - Panama freshmen recently traveled to Okmulgee to tour the Oklahoma State University–Institute of Technology (OSU–IT).

Students were given a guided tour of three departments while on the campus of OSU–IT. The tour began with the Visual Communications building and programs. Visual Communication introduced Photography, Graphic Design and 3–D Animation, the three programs that make–up the department. Students got to see first–hand the artistic opportunities that are included in this program through student made videos.

The next stop, the Nursing Department, featured advanced simulation mannequins—enabling practice for a wide range of nursing procedures. Upon successful completion of the degree program and NCLEX, graduates will be eligible for employment as a registered nurse helping people in a lifelong career that provides both personal satisfaction and a great income. Only 25 students are selected for the nursing program.

The Automotive Technologies Department was the final stop on the tour. OSU–IT has the highest–quality and most technologically–sophisticated automotive training programs in the country, offering hands–on instruction from factory–certified faculty and curriculums backed by industry leaders—Ford, Chrysler, General Motors and Toyota. Students also toured the Automotive Collision Repair Building where vehicles have been donated to help the students learn how to repair vehicles after a wreck. Fifteen students are selected for this program each year. OSU–IT has partnerships with area dealerships that allow students to participate in paid internships during their training.

“Each department explained the requirements of their departments and what the students were expected to do to get accepted into their programs,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Dara Self. “Students were told that OSU–IT had several departments with paid internship and a high employment rate after completion of their program.”

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.

Panama freshmen Mariah Dee Polzin shows her “Poke” spirit.

Panama freshmen fill out survey forms during the recent tour of OSU–IT.

Panama freshmen at Oklahoma State University–Institute of technology.
Front Row: Kyle Green, Fernando Nunez, Bradlee Tackett, Skylar Herrington, Zach Brown, Keyton Watson and Tyren Keener.

Second Row: Bryce Currens, Mariah Polzin, Sierra Chavez, Alyssa Hopkins, Chasity Huffman, Salym Kasper, Bayleigh Wilson, Scimber Hale, Sarah Gentry, Brianna Birchfield, Delacy Martin, Dakota Eaves, Kenneth Standley, Jacob Mantooth and Jace Hardy.

Back Row: Victoria Ryan, Shelia Barbre, Courtney Phillips, Kaylia Coleman, Alyssa Powell, Mercady Nixon, Telissa Call, Tatum Tackett, Sydnee Haynes,  Brooklyn Collins, Taryn Thornhill, Acelyn McCroskey, Micah Archey and Maci Goines.

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