Quinton GEAR UP students tour Tulsa Community College Southeast Campus and the Oklahoma Aquarium


WILBURTON (Nov. 7, 2014) - Quinton GEAR UP students recently toured Tulsa Community College’s southeast campus and the Oklahoma Aquarium.

The southeast campus of Tulsa Community College (TCC) specializes in marketing, computers, accounting, management, theatre and interior design. TCC Recruiters William Baldwin and Ron Snyder led students through the various areas of the college. Quinton students learned that TCC does not have housing on campus as students commute to attend classes.

Students toured the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education where Renaissance, Celtic and various costumes from different centuries were displayed. Students also visited the new fitness center on campus.

“This was a great trip,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Lori Douglas. “The students got to see what campus life is like and asked many questions.”

The students later visited the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks. They were able to see how varied aquatic life can be by viewing the extreme fish gallery which showed how fish change or adapt to increase their chances for survival. Students were able to crawl under the water’s surface through a set of tunnels.

Students viewed some of the most bizarre creatures that are swimming in Oklahoma lakes and rivers in the aquatic Oklahoma exhibit. They viewed a 120–year–old alligator snapping turtle, the unusual pre–historic paddlefish and a hug alligator gar. The Hayes Family Ozark Stream exhibit transported the students to the banks of a northeastern Oklahoma stream with its first mammals, river otters, beavers and raccoons plus sunfish, smallmouth bass and many other fish found in the native Oklahoma habitat.

The EcoZone and Coral Reef exhibits found students walking into a whirlwind tour of the world’s waters. Rocky coasts, kelp forests and marsh habitats were found along with the popular stingray feed and touch tanks. Students also saw a collection of Caribbean fish including the colorful parrot fish, porcupine puffers, eels and more.

Students were surrounded by one of the most unique and impressive shark collections in the world at the aquarium. The walk–through tunnel and dome allowed students to see the largest bull sharks in captivity swimming alongside them and even right over their heads.

“Students loved visiting the aquarium,” Douglas added. “It was a wonderful day with some wonderful kids!”

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.

Quinton 9th grade GEAR UP student Jaylen Holieway looks under the fish tank where different types of gar fish were swimming at the Oklahoma Aquarium

Quinton GEAR UP students gather around and enjoy feeding the stingrays at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks

TCC Southeast Campus Recruiter William Baldwin shows Quinton GEAR UP students the new fitness center gym

TCC Southeast Campus Recruiter William Baldwin leads Quinton GEAR UP students on a tour of the campus

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