Gordo and Pickens County High Schools will celebrate the GEAR UP program with a kick off September 14. GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. The Pickens County Board of Ed was chosen as a recipient of the federally-funded program from UAB. 50 Blackbelt region schools are covered by the grant.
The program helps to prepare students for college by raising awareness about post-secondary education and financial aid options. The grant continues for six-years, which means today's seventh graders will have this program through their senior year in high school.
The kickoff programs are both Monday, September 14- 8:30 AM at Gordo High and 12:30 PM at Pickens County High.
Source: Alabama's News Leader