Wilburton junior GEAR UP students tour Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology


WILBURTON, OK (Oct. 28, 2015) – Wilburton junior GEAR UP students recently toured Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee. OSU–IT tour guide Sable Vasquez began the tour at the Donald W. Reynolds Center. Students completed Tour Tracker information sheets, and Sable provided an overview of what students should expect during the tour.

Students spoke in–depth with faculty from three academic programs: School of Automotive Technologies, School of Construction, and the School of Visual Communications. The School of Automotive Technologies includes collision repair and service for Chrysler, Ford, GM, Toyota, and Pro–Tech. Students in this program can participate in an eight–week internship.

The School of Construction Technology includes: Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Construction Management, Electrical, and High Voltage Electricity. Students were shown videos about the programs and internships and average salaries for each field were discussed.

The School of Visual Communications includes: Graphic Design Technology, 3D Modeling & Animation, and Photography.
After touring the departments, students were led to the motel–style dormitory in England Hall. OSU–IT provides other options for student housing which include traditional student dorms and family and non–traditional student dorms such as suites and apartments.

The tour ended at the Student Union. The student health clinic, post office, and cafeteria are located in the student union.
“College tours are an important part of Eastern’s GEAR UP program,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Melissa Juarez. “They give the students a first–hand look at life on a college campus.”

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 or educational in nature.

Wilburton High School juniors touring OSU–IT were front row: Jonathan Luna, Jose Gonzalez, Haley Young, Raygan Stanford, Joe Dunagan, Macy Parks, Michaela Lessel, Paul Scott, and Blake Briant. Row 2: Dawson Braudrick, Jeffery Neering, Josey Ratliff, Madison Denham, Ashton Livingston, and Laurel Robbins. Row 3: Dacota Anderson, Cody Austin, Bryson Hale, Christian Mahoney, Madison Brinlee, Tanner Milligan, Marra Juarez, Nicole Williams, Allison Ballard, Beth Higdon, Courtney Jones, Jewellena Boyett, and Cody Fite. Row 4: Anthony Glover, Riley Quinn, Connor Knight, Garrett Smith, Kirstie Blackwood, Colt Petty, Dillon Browne, Josh Johnson, Ashley Mooers, Sam Goddard, Bianca Medina, Gloria Evans, Mikayla Stilley, Kim Hawthorne, and Tre LaMere. Row 5: Cody Johnston, Ronald Oller, T.J. Donoley, Cade Ezekiel, Colter Keesee, Anthony Shelley, Tristan Fanshier, and Blane Wilcox. Back Row: Dylan Gerard, Devin Evans, Daniel Morrison, Jager Sokolosky, Dalton Battles, Chance Swafford, Ty Bills, and Doug Ivey

Chance Swafford, Raygan Stanford, Colter Keesee, Anthony Shelley, Tristan Fanshier, and Dillon Browne listen intently during the Automotive program presentation.

Wilburton junior GEAR UP students Colt Petty, Josh Johnson, Gloria Evans, and Beth Higdon complete the tour tracker information sheets before the campus tour begins.

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