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SHERIDAN — The University of Wyoming and state community colleges including Sheridan College will celebrate the success of the GEAR UP college access program with events beginning Monday.

The week commemorates the continuing success of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, a program that provides students and families the support and resources they need for college success.

Since its inception in 1999, GEAR UP has improved educational outcomes for millions of low-income, minority and disadvantaged students across the U.S. GEAR UP Wyoming, in partnership with Wyoming’s seven community colleges, served more than 2,300 students during the 2014-15 school year.

“National GEAR UP Week is a wonderful opportunity for us in Wyoming to celebrate the successes of our GEAR UP students and the people who help them realize their successes,” said Jenny Ingram, GEAR UP Wyoming manager.

Following the celebratory spirit, Northern Wyoming Community College District plans to create a “Dream Wall” outside of its campus office. Students will write down their educational dreams and/or goals on a word bubble that will be attached to the wall with their photo. Photos of the finished wall will be mailed to Wyoming’s governor, senators and representatives.

For more information about GEAR UP Wyoming, contact Chrissie M. Henschler at 766-6736 or

To learn more about the national GEAR UP program, call the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships at 202-530-1135 or see

For more information on GEAR UP activities at NWCCD, call Sheridan College at 674-6446.

Source: The Sheridan Press