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(Riverton, Wyo.) – Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), a college access program providing students and families the support and resources they need for college success. Since its inception in 1999, nation-wide, GEAR UP has improved educational outcomes for millions of program participants. Many states across our nation have state or partnership programs. The parameters vary by grant; however, the overall goal is to get students graduated and prepared academically and financially for college.

GEAR UP WY is a state program that serves over 2,000 Wyoming 7th grade through college freshman students each year. The University of Wyoming administers the grant and the seven Wyoming Community Colleges partner with UW to provide GEAR UP services to students and their families. Program services include tutoring, academic advising, college entrance test preparation, and college visits. Information is provided to students and parents on college access processes, as well as assistance in applying for college entrance, scholarships, and federal grant programs. Students have the opportunity to attend a summer academy every other year at the University of Wyoming and/or every other year with Central Wyoming College GEAR UP. CWC summer academies usually entail college visits in Wyoming and surrounding states where students can get a “feel” of what a college campus is like. In addition to campus visits, they learn by experiencing science, history, and math in the real world, as well as the careers associated with these areas of study.

The success of GEAR UP is seen and heard from our students.

“GEAR UP is a program that has helped me be more successful and learn more about college and where I can get help,” said Suzy GEAR UP student.

“GEAR UP makes education fun, but allows us to see our future for the better and keeps us on the path we want,” said Eleanor.
“GEAR UP helped me learn success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all love of what you are doing,” said a CWC GEAR UP College Freshman 2013-14.

“GEAR UP was a life changing experience for my children and granted them opportunities that far outweigh my financial abilities The staff at CWC GEAR UP WY help kids and parents come together to see what their future hold. The tutoring, advising, and emotional support is more than any other program I have seen. I called the GEAR UP staff who worked with my daughter a silent angel,” Blaine GEAR UP Parent

“It is exciting for me to see students attending Central Wyoming College who were just kids when they started the GEAR UP program in 7th grade. Watching these students reach their dream of going to college is what GEAR UP is all about!,” Tami Shultz CWC GEAR UP WY Project Director.

To learn more about the Central Wyoming College GEAR UP WY program contact Tami Shultz, CWC GEAR UP WY Project Director at 307-855-2033. You can find us on the Central Wyoming College website at: or like us on Facebook at CWC GEAR UP Wyoming.

–Submitted by Central Wyoming College, a Community Partner

Source: County 10