CAREER HIGHWAY: Claremore students participate in college, career day event

Brook East, an Admissions Counselor for University of Arkansas, talks to students at the College and Career Fair, Wednesday at Claremore High School.

CLAREMORE, Okla. —  Claremore High School had its first College/Career Day on Wednesday.

The freshman and sophomore classes spent the morning in pre-ACT testing followed by a college/career fair in the Mobra Gym.

The senior class spent the morning touring several colleges in the Tulsa area, including Oklahoma State University, University of Tulsa, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, and Tulsa Community College.

“Many of those attending had never been to a college campus,” says Jamie Brace, School to Work Coordinator at Clarermore High School. “A college brochure or website can only show you so much, but to get the real feel of what it will be like, students need to put their feet on the grounds, visit dorms, sit in the library, walk through the student union, sit in a class, have a meal among current college students.”

According to Brace, this experience provided most of the senior class their only opportunity to be exposed to a college campus, discuss the application process, touring the facilities, and learning about each of the institutions’ offerings.

The junior class, in conjunction with the Claremore Chamber of Commerce, Career Highway program, toured several local companies including Pelco Structural, AxH and the Port of Catoosa.

“This is the first time we’ve done (the Career Highway program) this way, with the students,” said Barby Myers, President/CEO of the Claremore Chamber of Commerce. “In the past they have encouraged teachers, administrators, counselors to come and do a similar thing, go on a tour of industry or manufacturing, to expose them so they can tell their students.”

Since the previous tours with the faculty were on professional development days, Superintendent Bryan Frazier felt it interfered with his development program.

“When I got here and had an opportunity to sit down with the Superintendent, Bryan and I were talking about how can we make this better?,” said Myers. “How can we get the kids involved, to showcase everything we have to offer in the area. That’s kind of how we got started.”

All grade levels also attended a presentation on Social Media responsibility at the Robson PAC, hosted by Rogers County Youth Services. Topics included Social Media Etiquette, Cyberbullying, and the dangers of Snapchat.  

“This presentation sought to help students think through the unintended consequences of what they share through social media,” said Kenny Hindenburg- Assistant Principal at Claremore High School. “An issue that has been increasingly problematic.”

Many teens, and some adults, prefer Snapchat because they believe there is no record of their interactions. The messages disappear once they have been read.  This feature can give the false impression that it’s safe to send messages and images that they would not otherwise send. 

“The goal of this time,” said Hindenburg. “Was for students to understand the consequences of misusing social media and to thoughtfully consider what they choose to share online.”