Pittsburg GEAR UP students tour Grayson College and The Dallas Holocaust Museum


WILBURTON, OK (May 5, 2017) – Twelve Pittsburg GEAR UP students recently traveled to Denison, TX to tour Grayson College (GC). Enrollment and Academic Advisor Charles Leslie greeted each student and congratulated the seniors for their accomplishments thus far. He then asked each student about future career goals and what major/programs they need to consider in order to help them achieve those goals. After the welcome and introduction to the college, students set off on a campus tour with guide Mackenzie Buckner, a sophomore business major at Grayson planning to transfer to the University of Dallas and major in Pre-Law.

Students began the tour in the Arts and Communication Building walking through the Art Gallery with GC student art on display. They got a sneak peek into the auditorium where various shows are presented and graduation is held. Mackenzie led students though the Science Building and the Library. Students were impressed to see the numerous free resources available. GC Information Technician Rachel Schroeder explained textbooks on reserve, the Writing Lab, five private study rooms for groups to gather and how they share resources with the Denison and Sherman Public Libraries.

The most fun spot on campus is probably considered the Life Center. Grayson students enjoy recreational games and social time on campus. There are multiple pool tables, ping pong tables, foosball and a video gaming area with multiple screens and gaming consoles. There is also a Veteran’s Hub where veterans and their families can go to get specific resources and a private lounge area with comfortable seating and computers. Downstairs from the Life Center is the cafeteria where students got to smell some wonderful food being prepared for lunch.

The last educational building students walked through was the Career Technology Center. Grayson has a unique addition to the formal college campus by offering direct workforce programs on site. Pittsburg students explored the Welding, HVAC, Automotive and Cosmetology Programs first hand. They also learned about the Culinary Program where there is a student run restaurant on campus for other students as well as the public. Students also got to see inside the Fitness Center which is free for Grayson students.

After lunch Pittsburg students had an opportunity to tour The Dallas Holocaust Museum. Founded in 1984, the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. Located in Dallas’ Historic West End, the Museum hosted more than 50,000 visitors last year.

Pittsburg students explored the museum through an audio-guided tour learning about each display by entering a code in the audio device and listening to the information. After the audio tour, students watched a video of survivor testimonies. Many of the survivors had experienced traumatizing events during their childhood from the events of the Holocaust and spoke about how that affected them in childhood, as well as later in life and through adulthood. This provided students with a much clearer understanding of the historical events as well as the need for tolerance in today’s society.

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.

Pittsburg GEAR UP students pose outside The Dallas Holocaust Museum. Pictured are: Jenni Turner, Dakota Pollock, Shawna Stiles, Kyler Burchfield, Katelyn Oxford, Tyler Sullivan, Daniel O’Dell, Anthony Shields and Fallon Scott.

Pittsburg GEAR UP students pose outside The Dallas Holocaust Museum. Pictured are: Daniel O’Dell, Anthony Shields, Fallon Scott, Tanner Horn, Jennings Powell and Nathan Labor.

Grayson College Enrollment and Academic Advisor Charles Leslie visits with students about major options to complement their career goals. Pittsburg students pictured are: Fallon Scott, Katelyn Oxford, Shawna Stiles, Dakota Pollock, Anthony Shields and Tanner Horn.

Pittsburg GEAR UP students pose outside the Grayson College entrance. Pictured are: Coach Stan Moore, Nathan Labor, Jennings Powell, Anthony Shields, Tyler Sullivan, Daniel O’Dell, Tanner Horn, Shawna Stiles, Fallon Scott, Katelyn Oxford, Kyler Burchfield, Dakota Pollock and Jenni Turner.

Pittsburg GEAR UP students stop for a quick picture in the Life Center. Pictured are: Front row: Anthony Shields, Daniel O’Dell, Tanner Horn, Fallon Scott, Jenni Turner and Katelyn Oxford. Back row: Jennings Powell, Nathan Labor, Tyler Sullivan, Shawna Stiles, Dakota Pollock and Kyler Burchfield.

The Pittsburg GEAR UP ladies pose around the school mascot, the Viking. Pictured are: Jenni Turner, Fallon Scott, Shawna Stiles and Katelyn Oxford.

Grayson College tour guide Mackenzie Buckner leads students through the classroom buildings and shows them a lecture room. Pictured are: Front Row: Jennings Powell, Tyler Sullivan, Shawna Stiles, Fallon Scott, Nathan Labor and Anthony Shields. Behind them are: Tanner Horn, Kyler Burchfield, Katelyn Oxford and Coach Stan Moore.

Pittsburg Senior Dakota Pollock stops in the Cosmetology classroom for a photo. Dakota plans to pursue a career in Cosmetology.

Coach Stan let the group stop at the Texas border for a picture with the Texas STAR. Pictured are: Jennings Powell, Tanner Horn, Daniel O’Dell, Nathan Labor, Anthony Shields, Tyler Sullivan, Fallon Scott, Shawna Stiles, Katelyn Oxford, Kyler Burchfield, Dakota Pollock and Jenni Turner.

Pittsburg GEAR UP students Nathan Labor and Anthony Shields take a pic inside the Texas Visitor Center—“A Texas State of Mind.”

Pittsburg GEAR UP students Tanner Horn and Daniel O’Dell take a pic inside the Texas Visitor Center near Denison.

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