Catalayah Elementary has attained the highest level of recognition in the Great Expectations program by being named a model school in Oklahoma. 100 % of Catalayah teachers complete the rigorous Great Expectations daily requirements in their classrooms as they educate the students. The LRC class also learned that the superintendent for Claremore Schools, Mr. Bryan Frazier, has implemented a plan to expand the Great Expectations program across all Claremore elementary schools and the Will Rogers Junior High. This will allow Claremore Public Schools to become a Great Expectation Model District.
LRC class member Jane Treat reflects on attending her first Rise and Shine program. “I loved the excitement at the Rise and Shine assembly. I was particularly moved by the group of elementary students who performed on the violin with their music teacher in front of their peers and teachers. The class recitations by memory and emphasis on character development should yield dividends especially as they seek to become a Great Expectations Model District.”
The next stop on the LRC tour of education was to Inola High School with Superintendent Dr. Kent Holbrook. Dr. Holbrook was able to lead the LRC class through security improvements that have been implemented, speak about future projects and explain to the class some of the struggles school districts deal with. According to Dr. Holbrook, Inola Public Schools is down 12 teachers over the past 11 years, but has an increased enrollment of more than 100 additional students. The class also got to view the new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) lab that was donated by MidAmerica. The MidAmerica lab at Inola High School is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and technology that ranges from complete computerized home design and construction to 3-D printing and many other technology opportunities for students. This advanced technology laboratory allows the students to learn and develop practical skills at a high level which could directly lead to employment opportunities after high school graduation.
It was then on to Rogers State University, where the students were able to explore the diverse higher and post-secondary education opportunities offered through Rogers State University. The LRC class ate a delicious lunch at the Chapman Dining Hall where they were joined by university President Dr. Larry Rice. The class toured the campus with Dr. Rice and learned about campus safety, art procurement, and the history of the Oklahoma Military Academy. The class then discussed the future of education in Oklahoma and possible changes in the future. Several of the Leadership Rogers County members are alumni of Rogers State University and a testament to the bright future of RSU graduates.
To finish the day, the LRC class toured Claremore’s Northeast Tech campus and spoke with Director Rick Reimer about the importance of technology centers in Rogers County and the entire state. The Northeast Tech Claremore Campus opened in the fall of 2009 and serves the citizens of Rogers County. Northeast Tech Claremore maintains a total enrollment of approximately 200 students, and the student body consists of adult students as well as high school juniors and seniors from the following school districts: Chelsea, Claremore, Foyil, Inola, Oologah, Sequoyah and Verdigris.
Northeast Tech Claremore offers two different types of educational opportunities for patrons: full-time classes and short-term classes. Full-time classes are held during the day from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. High school students may attend either session, and adults may attend either or both sessions. Individuals wanting to enroll full-time can finish a Career Pathway in about one year. High school students can finish over a two-year period attending half-day sessions. Northeast Tech Claremore offers five full-time programs, which are also referred to as Career Pathways. Each of these programs prepares students for a variety of career opportunities that exist within CNC Machining, Environmental & Spatial Technology, Health Careers, Home Automation, Practical Nursing (adults only) and Pre-Engineering.