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What is Oklahoma GEAR UP?

OK GEAR UP currently partners with 10 school districts and five regional colleges throughout the state to prepare nearly 12,000 middle and high school students for college success through college campus tours, ACT test preparation and testing, and college exploration and preparation courses. GEAR UP offers college access and financial aid information to students and families through awareness activities, including Oklahoma’s Promise and FAFSA completion assistance.

Once students arrive on one of GEAR UP’s partner college campuses, college coaches provide support to students in their transition into college. They connect with students to answer questions and share information to set students up for success.

What schools are considered OK GEAR UP schools?

  • Ada
  • Claremore
  • Clinton
  • Durant
  • Jay
  • Locust Grove
  • Skiatook
  • Tahlequah

I am wanting to attend/am attending Southeastern

And I’m from one of the 10 GEAR UP high schools.

What now? During your freshman year at Southeastern, you will be greeted with open arms.  We are so glad you have chosen your new home at SE.  You will be contacted by your GEAR UP College Coach Erainna Winnett.  As a GEAR UP student and freshman at SE, you will receive free college coaching.

What is college coaching?

Thanks to OK GEAR UP, scheduled monthly one-on-one coaching sessions are offered for your personal development and success during your first year of college. These meetings take place in person, over the phone, or virtually. You can reach out at any time for support. Your college coach is here to help you be successful and achieve your goals. There is no cost to you!

Get the most out of college

College coaching can benefit all types of students and is FREE. Working with a coach can help you become better at what you want to do, in and out of the classroom. A college coach can help you get the most out of college, plan your career path, and finish on time.

Some of the topics covered
  • Campus resources
  • Transitioning to college
  • College success
  • Planning and goal setting
  • Health and wellness
  • Time and money management

Meet your college coach

I’m originally from Louisiana but now live in Colbert on a small 300-acre cattle ranch. I’ve been married to my amazing husband for thirty years and we have two daughters who both attended SE. I was a teacher for fifteen years, then transitioned to school counselor and have moved to Southeastern as their GEAR Up College Coach. I’m a self-proclaimed chocoholic and avid cruiser, we try to take a cruise each summer. Along with our cattle we have two horses, three cats, five dogs, and hopefully soon, a handful of goats! I’m super excited to get to know you and help you as you complete your freshman year Please feel free to stop by my office, email me or call my office number anytime.

Erainna Winnett I Phone: 580.745.2684 I Email: