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McLain High School students explore post-graduation options at OSU-Tulsa pre-collegiate conference

Published: Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Around 130 McLain High School students ranging from grades 9 to 12 came to Oklahoma State University-Tulsa for a pre-collegiate conference hosted on Oct. 22.

Students attended a variety of sessions of their choice designed to teach important skills for succeeding after high school. Session subjects included College Basics, First Generation Experience (with sessions in either English or Spanish), Greek Life, Social Media and Self-Compassion.

“Our students are engaged. They’re asking questions and listening for the answers,” said Dr. Sylvia Chandler, counselor at McClain High School. “Opportunities like this let us expose students to what’s beyond our school, because some students don’t get past our school. Bringing them to OSU-Tulsa, a college site – that’s a different experience for many of them.”

OSU-Tulsa provided the classroom space and instructors for most of the conference sessions. Bank of Oklahoma also partnered with McLain to offer a session in banking careers and financial literacy.

"Partnerships like this allow us to give the next generation of Tulsans a taste of the college experience," said Alnetta Morris, community engagement coordinator at OSU-Tulsa. "We want to serve the community and let them know that higher education is obtainable for them."

This pre-collegiate conference counts toward students’ Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP), a state-mandated process for Oklahoma high school students that requires, in part, a visiting a college campus.  

McLain High School partnered with OSU-Tulsa for a similar conference in 2020, which was hosted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information on conferences and other educational opportunities for pre-collegiate students, visit the OSU-Tulsa community engagement website at tulsa.okstate.edu/community.

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Media Contact: Aaron Campbell | 918-594-8046 | aaron.ross.campbell@okstate.edu