Diane Humphreys, Okmulgee Public High School Teacher (left)spoke about the 3rd annual Door Decorating Contest which was coordinated with National Gear-Up Week with the theme “Always College”. It was also coordinated with College Application Day. Humphreys took seniors to the computer lab to apply to Oklahoma colleges using a fee waiver. During that day there were college representatives from Langston University and OSUIT and she was happy to report that the majority of the students had applied to OSU-Institute of Technology. The representatives took the applications back to Langston and OSUIT and she further reported that about 10-12 students have already received acceptance letters to the colleges they applied to.
Deputy Superintendent Renee Dove introduced Mariah Price, Okmulgee High School Physical Science Teacher, who spoke about taking the high school students to visit OSUIT for a student tour. They spent two hours on campus and were called in by professors who talked about their programs, what classes to expect, classroom atmosphere, expected pay, and job placement. The juniors and seniors went in the morning and the freshmen and sophomores went in the afternoon.
During the second part of the tour Price informed the students, “Now that you have an education, you go out into your community and use that education right here.”
Price said they took students to five (5) different businesses: Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office, Okmulgee YMCA, East Central Electric, Okmulgee Creek Nation Rehabilitation Center and Covington Aircraft. The businesses spent about one hour with the students talking about job opportunities. They learned the various jobs that are available. Each student went to one of the five locations. They advised the students that if they get their degree, they will hire them and the students made a connection right here in Okmulgee. She wanted to thank the whole team for putting it together.
School board member Marcus Jeffrey asked Price, “Would you object to Covington Aircraft having a class in Okmulgee High School?” She said, personally as a high school teacher, she would have no objection to any business coming in to spend time with our students.
There was further discussion that some schools actually bring in businesses to the school and give the students projects to present to a business. The students had to write up a business proposal by the end of the semester and they had to be in profession attire to present it to the business owner, in hopes that it would go into production. This is work that would be preparing the student for the future. When asked which group showed more interest, Price said that the seniors and juniors show the most interest; that they would have more options, but the freshman and sophomore were surprised that so many different types of jobs were available at the businesses.
From college applications, to college tours, to planning a work future, it was “Paw-sitive”