Freshmen at Fridley High School are in their third year of a seven-year college preparatory program that will follow them into their first year of college.
GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park Campus, and partnering organizations that includes TopLine Federal Credit Union of Maple Grove.
The aim of the seven-year grant is to support student academic performance and assist with college preparation, enrollment and achievement, with the goal being to increase the number of students who are academically and financially prepared for post-secondary education.
TopLine has and will continue to help GEAR UP students and their families learn more about post-secondary education options, as well as preparation and financing. Recently TopLine led a series of workshops for more than 50 attendees at the Fridley High School Parent Resource Fair, “College Now, College Later: It’s Never Too Early to Talk About College.”
The family resource fair offered families an opportunity to learn from experts about preparatory programs, planning and funding for college. TopLine Federal Credit Union hosted workshops on college financial planning, examining key topics including college costs, saving for college, goal setting and budgeting.
These sessions will continue on a regular basis for the duration of the GEAR UP grant, and will cover basic financial skills, highlighting the benefits of long-term financial planning and promoting the opening and management of savings accounts.
The GEAR UP grant is a discretionary program designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. GEAR UP serves the entire eighth grade student cohort at Fridley and Robbinsdale middle schools and will track and encourage that cohort through high school and into their first year of college.
Source: Sun Focus