Oklahoma GEAR UP Provides Opportunity for Tecumseh Students to Tour Oklahoma State University
Recently, 176 tenth grade students from Tecumseh High School attended a campus visit and tour at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, thanks to partnership funding support from Oklahoma GEAR UP.
Oklahoma GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federal grant program administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to provide students and families statewide with college access information and planning resources.
GEAR UP also works closely with 24 partner school districts to provide professional training and support for educators, learning and leadership opportunities for students, college planning information for families and mentoring support for students from 7th grade through college.
Campus tours are just one of the direct student services that GEAR UP helps schools districts provide. Campus tours are offered as a way to provide students an opportunity to see what a college campus looks like and experience a sample of college life. While on campus, students learn about academic programs, financial aid opportunities, campus housing and tips for applying to college. They are encouraged to eat lunch on campus and have as much of a day “in the life of a college student” as possible.
“Giving students an opportunity to experience a college campus while in high school can be a big motivation for some students to take that next step and apply for postsecondary education,” said Jolynn Horn, Associate Vice Chancellor for Oklahoma GEAR UP. “A trip to campus can spark an interest in a career field and help students understand that colleges are made up of real people that look like they do and that resources are available on campus to help them with any issues once they arrive.”
GEAR UP goes beyond the classroom, encouraging community and parental involvement that helps school districts create and sustain a college going culture. Through awareness activities and services, the grant helps promote Oklahoma’s Promise, the state scholarship program, and also encourages families to start planning for college early at OKcollegestart.org.
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