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LOWELL -- Natalie Petit, an alumna of Middlesex Community College's GEAR UP: Massachusetts program, has been selected to participate in the inaugural GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy.

The Medford resident is one of 30 Alumni Leaders, selected from a nationwide pool. GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy, or GUALA, is a new, 12-month, leadership-development program for alumni of the federal GEAR UP program, a partnership with the Lowell Public Schools that promotes college readiness for seventh- through 12th-graders.

Alumni Leaders recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for training in grass-roots advocacy, social-media advocacy and leadership skills during a weeklong retreat. Upon returning to their hometown areas, they began working toward creating positive change in education policy for their younger peers.

GEAR UP -- or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs -- is a federally funded college-access and success program that serves about 700,000 low-income students nationwide. MCC's GEAR UP: Massachusetts program serves about 650 Lowell Public Schools middle- and high-school students annually.

GUALA is a new program designed to engage alumni in a national effort to educate lawmakers and the public about the value of investing in targeted college-access and success services. Using personal stories, Alumni Leaders articulate the impact that GEAR UP has had on their success in postsecondary education.

Source: The Lowell Sun