CN offers students, parents College and Career Nights
Kyle Murray, Northeastern State University recruitment assistant director, speaks to students during the Nov. 14 College and Career Night at Sequoyah School’s “The Place Where They Play” gym in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. A second event was planned for Nov. 30 at the Craig County Fairgrounds and Community Center in Vinita. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Students from the Tahlequah area had the opportunity to learn about colleges, universities and vocational schools during the Cherokee Nation’s College and Career Night at Sequoyah School’s “The Place Where They Play” gym, with a second event planned for Nov. 30 in Vinita.
“The College and Career Night was a way for us to inform students and the parents about scholarship opportunities not only available from Cherokee Nation, but from federal and state sources that they may qualify for, like FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), to attend either vo-tech or college,” Jennifer Pigeon, CN finance manager and College Resources interim manager, said.
With 22 representatives present from schools such as Northeastern State University, University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, Pigeon said the event allowed students and their families the opportunity to learn about schools and programs.
“This night is important to us so that we can help share opportunities, let families meet the various colleges that are available, any vo-techs that they might want to attend and to familiarize themselves with application processes, admission criteria. Some schools offer scholarships that are only available at their school, so this will let them know about some of those opportunities that are available,” she said.
Aside from meeting school representatives, Pigeon said students also had the chance to attend higher learning-related presentations.
“We are going to have a presentation from FAFSA, and then Indian Capital (Technology Center) from Tahlequah will do a presentation followed by (CN) Career Services, who will let us know what they offer to assist in that area, and then we’ll talk about colleges,” she said.
CN citizen Hannah Hudgens, a Sallisaw High School senior, said although she knows what her plans for the future entail, she thought it would be good to attend to learn of tribal scholarships.
“I know I want to do speech language pathology, but I was just wondering what the Cherokee Nation could help me do in terms of scholarships and giving back to my tribal heritage,” she said.
She said she encourages other high school students to take “advantage” of available opportunities.
“Just take advantage of the opportunities around you in terms of scholarships and just learn more about Cherokee heritage,” she said.
OU College of Nursing academic advisor Dawn Johnson said she hoped to speak with students who had an interest in nursing.
“We have several programs at the undergraduate level, but the one that high school students may be most interested in is what we refer to as the traditional BSN (bachelor of science in nursing) program,” she said. “This is a program where you take two years of your basic prerequisites and you could do that close to home. You could do it at OU-Norman or at another accredited school and then you would apply to the College of Nursing and you would be with us for two years.”
Johnson said the event gives students the opportunity to find out that college is “accessible” regardless of career choice.
“I just think this affords them an excellent opportunity to find out what opportunities are available, what scholarships, what might be the best fit for them as far as a career, but also a school,” she said.
Pigeon said a second event was planned for 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the Craig County Fairgrounds and Community Center in Vinita.