Seventy-five Poteau GEAR UP students visit TCC–SE campus


WILBURTON, OK (Nov. 26, 2018) – Seventy-five Poteau GEAR UP students recently traveled to Tulsa to tour the Southeast campus of Tulsa Community College (TCC–SE). Students were greeted by Admissions Counselor William Baldwin and Student Recruiter Lucia McFarland. Students were led through the VanTrease Performance Arts Center for Education, also known as the PACE Building. Students were given a behind the scenes tour of the auditorium where hair and makeup preparation for productions happens. They also looked inside the shop used for building props and sets used in plays.

Next, students toured the Student Union located in Building 9. The Student Union consists of the fitness center, food court, campus store, and Student Life offices. In the Student Life offices, students can obtain tickets at discounted prices for local attractions. During the start of new semester, students provide their class schedule to the campus store and a worker will find all the books needed for their classes.

Students then entered Building 8 where programs for science, mathematics, health sciences, and biotechnology take place. A part of the health sciences, TCC is known for its nursing program, and offers two nursing tracks which range from three to four semesters. Students learned that the mannequins used by the nursing department can perform the same bodily functions humans perform, which allows nursing students to practice in the most realistic way possible.

“Students love visiting campuses such as TCC,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Leslie Hemphill. “It really opens their eyes to what is available beyond the local level”

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. In 2017, Eastern received a $17 million federal GEAR UP grant and will serve over 3,000 students in 39 area schools for seven years.

Poteau 7th grade GEAR UP girls pose in front of the bus before a tour of TCC–SE campus. Pictured are: (front row, left to right) Niomi Saldana, Jasmine Ramirez, Chloe Wecker, Shira Solano, Payton Maxey, Jazlynn Williams, Kaylee Stoughton, Alexia Staats, Anna Ruport, (row 2) Camryn Zink, Sydney Taylor, Gracyn Soehlman, Xochie Ta, Yoana Romero, Belen Matias, Kayda Ocampo, Parker Patterson, Brooklyn Latham, Ariel Neal, Harley Lloyd, Mia Linares, Haven Ross, (back row) Kenli Lovell, Chani Lloyd, Triniti McCoy, Renee McDade, Tristan Wright, Britleigh Wood, Alexis Stryffeler, Bethany Warren, Cassandra Maul, Elisabeth Steelman, Kambri Poor, Lea Taylor, Kaleen Pelfrey, Treasure Tate, and Stephanie Mitts.

Poteau GEAR UP students Annika Dill, Sydney Killian, And Hailey Hunt explore the campus store at TCC–SE.

Poteau 7th grade GEAR UP student Chloe Brown learns about the TCC-SE campus library.

Poteau GEAR UP student Kaelyn Hogrefe looks at the TCC apparel.

Poteau 7th grade GEAR UP girls recently toured Tulsa Community College-Southeast campus. Pictured are: (front row, left to right) Daisy Gabriel, Sydney Killian, Alicia Bruno, Savanna Bryan, Adriana Crouch, Melody Jones, Teresa Cazares, (row 2) Jessenia Jacinto, Kadence Fields, Kylie Bruce, Annika Dill, Evelyn Garcia, Hailey Hunt, Claudia Gabriel, Jasmin Colunga, Brenna Adams, Brooke Hattabaugh, Kaelyn Hogrefe, Leah Barnard, Carina Brock, Bictoria Castillo, (back row) Macy Dennington, Christena Espinoza, Morgan Hagen, Lesley Correa, Emma Baker, Haleigh Garrett, Chloe Brown, Shayley Killian, Brooklyn Garner, Jada-Lynn Hess, Emily Bolding, Kirsten Bebermeyer, Jessica Billings, Farah Brem, Brooklyn Balido, Mariah Cunningham, and Kileha Johnson.

Poteau 7th grade girls Macy Dennington and Leah Barnard check out the fitness center at TCC–SE campus.

Poteau 7th graders Brooklyn Garner and Emily Bolding explore the workshop in the PACE Building.

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