Education Services hosts College and Career Night

BY TESINA JACKSON
Former Reporter
12/08/2015 08:30 AM
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An Oklahoma State University representative speaks with students about what opportunities and programs are available to them when preparing for college during the Cherokee Nation’s Education Services College and Career Night on Dec. 3 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. TESINA JACKSON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation’s Education Services hosted a College and Career Night on Dec. 3 in which more than 200 students spoke with representatives from several colleges while also learning about services available and scholarship opportunities the tribe offers.

“It was the first Education Services event to try to bring in all of our scholarship recipients to get a better working relationship with all of the institutions and also bringing in students who are interested in going to school,” Dr. Neil Morton, Education Services advisor, said.

Several presentations were also given regarding opportunities available such as the Gates Millennium Scholarship, how to apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, Cherokee Nation Foundation scholarships and services, Indian Capital Technology Center programs, CN Career Services and CN College Housing programs.

Morton said the event was to provide students with more of an awareness of available sources and to emphasize that they shouldn’t depend on only one source.

For CN citizen and Oolagah High School senior Madyson Driver having more than one source and seeing what scholarships are available is what prompted her to attend.

“To also get different advice on what to do and what applications to fill out,” she said.

Driver said she plans to attend Northeastern Stat University to study speech pathology to become a pediatric speech therapist. She said she decided on that career while participating in the tribe’s Career Services summer day work program at the Summit Physical Therapy offices in Claremore.

Representatives from NSU, University of Arkansas, University of Oklahoma, Rogers State University, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Connors State College, Bacone College and Carl Albert State College were also in attendance for students to speak with.

Jay Falkner, Carl Albert State College associate vice president of enrollment management, said one reason his college attended the event was because of the great partnership that has developed over a long time working with Cherokee students.

Carl Albert State College’s main campus is in Poteau, but has a Sallisaw branch, too.

“A lot of our Cherokee students attend the Sallisaw campus, so we’re really excited about upcoming opportunities to work with the Cherokee Nation,” Falkner said.

Falkner said events such as the college fair help students because now students focus more on how they’re going to finance their education and what employment opportunities will be available after college.

“So it’s not so much about student life anymore as it is about opportunities in career advancement when they’re done, so a lot of the questions now that we deal with are related to financing your education and career options,” he said.

For more information on what scholarships and opportunities are available, call the College Resource Center at 918-453-5465 or email collegeresources@cherokee.org.
ᏣᎳᎩ

ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓ ᏩᎬᎸᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎤᏒᎢ ᎾᎯᏳ
ᎥᏍᎩᏱ. 3 ᎾᎯᏳᏃ 200 ᎤᎶᏒᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᏟᏃᎮᏔᏅᎢ ᎨᏥᏅᏌᏗ ᎯᎸᏍᎩ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᏂᏙᏓᏳᎾᏓᎴᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎠᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ ᎢᎬᏩᎾᏛᏁᏗ ᎦᎨᏥᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᎠᏛᏅᎢᏍᏛᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎨᏥᏯᏙᎡᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

“ᎾᏍᎩᏍᎩᏂ ᏩᎬᏱᎥᎢ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎸᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏁᏟᏙᏗ ᏧᏂᏲᎮᏗᎢ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏔᏲᏢᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏰᎵᎢ ᏓᏤᏢᎢ ᏱᎬᏩᎵᏍᏁᏗ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᏚᎾᎵᎪᏒᎢ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏚᏙᏢᏩᏗᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎠᏂᎷᎬᎢ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ,” Dr. Neil Morton, ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᏍᎦᏰᎬᏍᏗ, ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎪᎢ.

ᎯᎸᏍᎩᏃ ᏱᎦᎢ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎢ ᏂᏚᏅᏁᎸᎢ ᏰᎵᎢ ᎬᏩᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᏓᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓ ᎾᏍᎩᏯ ᏳᎾᏍᏗ Gates
Millennium Scholarship, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᏯᏛᏁᏗ ᎬᎦᏁᏍᏗ ᎠᏎᏭ ᎠᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏳᏰᏟᏗ Federal Student Aid,ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏓᎵᎬᏩᏢᏍᎬᎢ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ, Indian Capital Technology Center ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ CN College Housing ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ.

Morton ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏥᎩ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎸᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏰᏟᏗ ᏓᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎬᏩᎾᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎨᎲᎢ ᎠᏛᏅᎢᏍᏛᎢ ᏰᎵᎢ ᎬᏩᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎡᎵᏍᏗ ᏌᏊᏭ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏯᎾᎵᏍᎦᏍᏓ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ CN ᎠᏁᎳ ᎠᎴ Oolagah High School ᏗᏍᏆᏗᏍᎩ Madyson Driver ᎯᎸᏍᎩᏃ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏚᎭ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᏍᎨᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏩᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᏓᏛᏅᎢᏍᏛᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏳᏰᏟᏗ ᎤᏪᎳᏗᏙᎸᎢ.

“ᎠᎴᎾᏍᏊ ᎬᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᏅᏩᏓᎴᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎬᏩᎾᏓᏃᏎᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏯᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏧᏍᏗ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

Driver Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᏚᏭᎪᏛᎢ ᎤᏖᎳᏗᏍᏗᎢ Northeastern State University ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗ Pathology ᎾᏍᎩ ᏰᎵᎢ ᏱᎬᏩᎵᏍᏙᏗ pediatric speech therapist. ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏭᎪᏔᏁᎢ ᎢᏳᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ ᎨᎳᏗᏙᎲᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎠᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ Career ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎪᎨᎢ ᏏᎦ ᏗᎬᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ Summit Physical Therapy ᎦᎴᎼᎢ .

ᎨᏥᏅᏏᏓᏃ ᏂᏓᏳᎾᏓᎴᏅᎢ NSU, ᏩᎬᎸᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏙᏧᏩᏓᏛᎢ, ᏩᎬᎸᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ, ᎳᏥᎢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏩᎬᎸᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ, ᏩᎬᎸᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ Central ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏩᎬᎸᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ, Connors ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ, Bacone ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ Carl Albert ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴᎾᏍᏊ ᎠᏁᏙᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏟᏃᎮᏙᏗᎢ.

Jay Falkner, Carl Albert ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎠᏓᎴᏁᎯ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᏓᏂᎧᎵᏏᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎦᏘᏯ, ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏰᏟᏗ ᎤᏤᎵ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏁᎳᏗᏙᎸᎢ ᏂᎬᏂᏏᏍᎩᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏚᎾᎵᎪᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎪᎯᎩᏭ ᏂᏚᎾᎵᎪᏐᎢ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ.

Carl Albert ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏧᏙᏢᎭ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ Poteau, ᎠᏎᏃ ᏌᎷᎾᎨᏴᎢ ᏫᎪᏯᏛᎢ, ᎾᏍᏊ.

“ᎤᏂᎪᏗ ᏦᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎪᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏌᎷᎾᎨᏴᎢ ᏥᏧᏙᏢᎭ, ᎢᎦᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎣᎩᏰᎸᎭ ᏥᏛᏟᏱᎳ ᏰᎵᎢ ᏌᏊ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Falkner.

Falkner Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏍᎪᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏊ ᏥᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᎤᏄᏓᎸᏗᎢ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᏛᏅᎢᏍᏛᎢ ᏳᏂᏍᏆᏗ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ.

“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎥᏝ ᎥᏍᎩ ᏱᎦᎢ ᏱᎩ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏄᏛᎿᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏍᎩᏂ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎬᏩᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎤᏟᏂᎬᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᏂᏍᏆᏛᎢ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎠᏛᏛᎮᏢᏗ ᏱᎬᎿᏂ ᎠᎯᎸᏍᏗᎢ ᎫᏓᎸᏗᎢ ᏛᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᏗᏑᏰᏍᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᎤᎪᏗᏃ ᎠᏛᏛᎮᏢᏗᎢ ᏲᏚᎵᎠ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎠᏛᏅᎢᏍᏛᎢ, ᏫᏓᏟᏃᎮᏙᏗ College Resource Center at 918-453-5465 ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎠᎾᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏫᎦᏅᏗ collegeresources@cherokee.org.

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