Grand View School launches Parent University

BY STACIE BOSTON
Multimedia Reporter
01/29/2016 08:15 AM
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Jeff Vance, Cherokee Nation’s Career Services Employment Programs director, speaks with Melissa Wofford about opportunities his department offers during the Jan. 14 Parent University at Grand View School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The school’s first Parent University was designed to inform students and parents about college and career opportunities. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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An Oklahoma’s Promise informational booth is set up on Jan. 14 at Grand View School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, during the school’s Parent University. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – On Jan. 14, Grand View School held its first Parent University to inform parents and students about college and vocational opportunities, as well as grants and scholarships.

The school’s federal grants director, Margaret Carlile, said the focus was to get students thinking about higher education. She said officials from the Cherokee Nation’s College Resource Center and Career Services spoke about scholarship opportunities and available programs.

She said workers also helped parents and students apply for Oklahoma’s Promise Scholarship, which students must enroll for while in the eighth, ninth or 10th grade. The student’s family income must also not exceed $50,000 per year to be eligible for the scholarship.

“It’s an amazing program. It’s not just for colleges. They can use it at vocational programs, also,” she said.

Carlile said a grant from the U.S. Education and Interior departments funds the Parent University.

“Tonight is our first Parent University for our National Youth Community Project Grant. We were one of 12 groups in the nation, and the only public school, stand-alone public school, who received one of these four-year grants,” she said.

According to a 2015 Cherokee Phoenix article, the school received approximately $341,000 for the first year with the possibility of being funded up to four years, depending on congressional approval.

Carlile said with the grant school officials want to get students interested in opportunities after they complete their high school.

“Our focus is college and career, so we’re going to be supporting students in examining careers, preparing themselves for college, and we’re doing leadership activities,” she said. “We’ve partnered with the Cherokee Nation Foundation and Northeastern (State University) and some other groups in the area to provide mentoring and (to) visit campuses.”

Carlile said she even hopes to take students to the Oklahoma State University-Institute of Technology in Okmulgee.

“I want the kids to not only think about college because you know the answer, ‘well, I want to be a doctor,’ but I want them to understand that there’s great jobs from a technical institute, also,” she said.

She said getting students on local campuses helps them feel familiar with the surroundings if they plan to attend one of the universities or institutions.

“I want them to learn that it’s not scary up there,” she said. “I want you to be able to go on that campus and say, ‘oh, I’ve been in there before.’”

Carlile said she and her colleagues try to make differences in their students’ lives.

“Sometimes you don’t know for a long time that you made a difference, but sometimes they come back and check in and say ‘I’m in school. I wanted to let you know that it made a difference,’” she said.

Carlile said school officials plan to continue the Parent University as a monthly event.

“The emphasis will be different, but tentatively we’re planning a resource fair of some sort in February. March will be a literacy event, and in April we’re going to have a family STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) night. We’ll have hands-on science activities that the children and their families will do and, we’ll just kind of be there to facilitate it,” she said.

Tahlequah resident Melissa Wofford said she attended the first Parent University to learn more about it. Her son, Caleb, attends the school and is in the fourth grade.

“I was kind of hoping to see what it was about and see what was going on up here at the school and see what opportunities they had because I heard they had gotten a grant, but I didn’t really know what it was about,” she said.

Wofford said she’s glad to see Grand View offering such opportunities.

“Grand View’s an awesome school, and they give a lot of really cool opportunities,” she said. “We’ve really, really enjoyed having our kids here.”

Carlile said in the future school officials hope to get more families coming to Parent University events.

“This is just our first step. We’re going to get better at it. Most people don’t know what we’re doing yet. It’s taken a little while to disseminate the information and the opportunities,” she said. “We have high expectations and high hopes for what we’ll be able to accomplish.”

Carlile said if anyone is interested in talking to students about careers or giving students tours of their workplaces to call at 918-456-5131.
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ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏃᎸᏔᏅ ᏂᎦᏚᏏᏁ, Grand View ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎸ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏧᎾᏓᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᎤᏔᎾ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏓᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᎵᏏᎾᎲᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᎨᏲᏗ ᎠᏙᏢᏍᎬᎢ, ᏃᎴᏍᏊ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎬᏩᏂᎩᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏩᏥᏂ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᎵᏙᎯ, Margaret Carlile, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏖᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ. ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᏂᏁᏥᏙ ᏂᏓᏩᎾᏂᎩᏓ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎤᏂᏩᏛᏗ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᏬᏂᏏ ᎤᏃᎮᎸ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏛ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏐᎢ ᎤᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏛ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ.

ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏚᏂᏍᏕᎸᎲ ᎤᎾᏓᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏚᏂᏢᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᎠᏚᏍᏛ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᏎ ᏧᏃᏪᎶᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏁᎵᏁ ᏱᏓᏂᏂᏙᎯ, ᏐᏁᎵᏐ ᎠᎴ ᏍᎪᎯᏁᎢ. ᎾᎿ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏃᏢᏍᎬ Ꮭ ᎤᏓᏬᎯᎳᏗᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎾᏃ ᎯᎦᏍᎪ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏯᏃᏢᏍᎩ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎯᎠ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ.

“ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎪᏓ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏙᏢᎭ. ᏝᏃ Ꮩ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏙᏗ ᎢᎦ ᏱᎩ. ᎾᏍᎩᏍᎩᏂ ᎨᏥᏏᎾᎲᏍᏙᏗ ᏳᏙᏢ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎬᏩᎾᏙᏗ, ᎣᏍᏊ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

Carlile ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏩᏥᏂ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏓᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.

“ᎪᎯ ᎤᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏧᎾᏓᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᎤᏔᎾ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᎠᏂᏓᎨ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᏎᎸᎯ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ. ᎠᏯᏃ ᏌᏊ ᎣᎦᏗᏑᏴ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎳᏚ ᎢᏳᎾᏓᏡᎩ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᏰᎵ, ᎠᎴ ᎣᎬᏌ ᎨᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᏂᎥ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ, ᎣᎬᏌ ᎾᏂᎥ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᎩᎩᏒ ᏙᎩᎩᏒ ᎯᎠ ᏅᎩ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᏓᎾᏓᏁᎲᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᏚᎾᏙᎵᏤᎲ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎩᎦᏚ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎴᎯᏌᏅ ᎤᏬᏪᎸ, ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᎩᏎ ᏯᏛᎾ ᏦᎢᏧᏈ ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎡᎵᏊ ᏅᎩ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ, ᎢᏳᏃ ᏩᏥᏂ ᏗᏂᎳᏫᎦ ᎣᏏ ᏯᏂᏱᎸᏍᎩ ᏯᏃᎯᏗᎠ.

Carlile ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎨᏥᏁᎲ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᏓᏅᏖᎵᏙ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎢᏳᏃᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎯᎠ ᏱᏚᏂᏍᏆᏓ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.

“ᎣᏥᎪᏩᏘᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎬᏩᎾᏛᏁᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏙᏥᏍᏕᎵ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎯᎠ ᎬᏩᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ, ᏙᏣᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓᏁ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏙᏤᏲᎲᏍᎦ ᏗᎾᏓᏘᏂᏙ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᏙᏥᎵᎪᏁ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ Foundation ᎠᎴ ᎤᏴᏢᎢ ᎧᎸᎬ ᎢᏗᏢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏐᎢ ᏚᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏓᏁᎲ ᎤᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏗ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏩᏛᎯᏓᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.”

Carlile ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎤᏩᎯ ᏧᏘᏅᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ University-Institute of Technology in Okmulgee.

“ᎠᏆᏚᎵ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏝᏙ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏖᏗᏊ ᎢᎦ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏣᏅᏔ ᎦᏬᎯᎵᏴᏍᏗᎢ, ‘ᎠᏆᏚᎵ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎦᏅᎦᏘ ᎢᏳᎾᎵᏍᏙᏗ,’ ᎠᏎᏃ ᎠᏆᏚᎵ ᎤᏃᏟᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎾᎿ technical institute, ᎠᎴᏍᏊ” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᎥ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏚᎾᏓᏅᏛ ᎤᏁᏙᎸ ᏱᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏱᏙᏛᎾᏕᎶᏆᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎨᎨᏲᏅᏗᎢ.

“ᎠᏆᏚᎵ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏍᎦᏍᏓᏅᏗ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎠᏆᏚᎵ ᎾᎿ ᏣᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᏂᎦᎭᎢᏐ ᎾᎿ campus ᎬᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏣᏗᎢ, ‘Ꭳ ᎠᏇᏚᎸ ᎾᎿᎢ ᎦᏳᎳ.”

Carlile ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᎾᏁᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᏄᏓᎴ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᎠᎾᎴᏂᏙᎲᎢ.

“ᎢᏴᏓᎭ Ꮭ ᏲᏅᏙ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᏄᏓᎴ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎨᏒᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎢᏴᏓᎭ ᎠᏂᎷᎪ ᎠᎴ ᎯᎠ ᎾᏂᏪᏍᎪ ᏕᎦᏕᎶᏆᎠ. ᎠᏆᏚᎵ ᏣᏅᏗ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᏄᏓᎴ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

Carlile ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎦᏄᎪᏓ ᏂᎦᏯᎢᏐ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏓᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏏᏅᏓ ᎢᏳᏓᎵ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗᎢ.

“ᏚᏄᎪᏔᏅ ᏄᏓᎴ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎾᏞᎬ ᏚᏧᎪᏗᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎣᎩᏍᏆᎸᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎧᎦᎵ ᎧᎴᏍᏗ. ᎠᏅᏱ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎪᏪᎶᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎧᏬᏂ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ STEM (science, technology, engineering, ᎠᎴ mathematics) ᎤᏒᎢ. ᎾᎿ ᏧᏃᏰᏂ ᏗᎬᏗ ᎠᏃᏢᏅᏍᎪᎢ ᎾᎿ science ᎾᎿ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎰ ᎠᎴ, ᎣᏤᏙᎰ ᏙᏥᏍᏕᎵᎯᏙᎰᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᏓᎵᏆ ᎦᏁᎵ Melissa Wofford ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᏪᏙᎴ ᎾᎿ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏧᎾᏓᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎤᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ. ᎤᏪᏥ ᎠᏧᏣ, Caleb, ᎤᏪᏙᎴ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᏅᎩᏁ ᏗᎧᏂᏙᎯ.

“ᏍᏗᎩᏓᏃ ᎠᏋᏒ ᎠᎩᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎩᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏓᏙᏢᏍᎬ ᎤᏝᏅᏛ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏆᏛᎦᏅ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᏚᏂᎩᏒᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ Ꮭ ᏙᎯᏳ ᏯᏆᏅᏖ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

Wofford ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎬ ᎠᎪᏩᏘᏍᎬ Crand View ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎬᏩᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

“Grand View’s ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎩᏍᎪ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎦᎬᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎢᎦᏃ ᎣᏣᎵᎮᎦ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎠᎭᏂ.”

Carlile ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎣᎬᎭ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᏂᎷᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏓᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲᎢ.

“ᎯᎠ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎠᎳᏍᎬᏗ. ᏓᏤᏞᏍᏗ. ᎤᏂᎪᏛ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ Ꮭ ᏳᎾᏅᏔ Ꮟ. ᏝᎦ ᏓᏟᎢᎵᏙᎯ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎧᏃᎮᏗ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏝᏅᏓᏗᏍᎬᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ “ᎢᎦ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎣᎬᎭ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᏗᎢ ᎣᏍᏓ.”

Carlile ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎢᏳᏃ ᎩᎶ ᏳᏚᎵᎭ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏳᏚᎵᎭ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎤᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎯᎠ ᏭᏟᏃᎮᏗ ᎯᎠ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ 918-456-5131.

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