Oklahoma GEAR UP is celebrating ongoing success in helping Checotah students and families prepare for college during National GEAR UP Week, Sept. 21-25. The celebration highlights Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), a college access program funded through the U.S. Department of Education a media release states.
Oklahoma GEAR UP is administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
As partners, GEAR UP and Checotah Public Schools work together to motivate and prepare students to enter and succeed in college. During the 2014-15 school year, GEAR UP helped provide early intervention services and strategies for approximately 688 Checotah students in grades seven through 12. Some of the impacts include:
• 310 parents participated in college planning and financial aid workshops.
• 47 educators attended GEAR UP professional training in areas such as school leadership, school data analysis and curriculum planning, advanced science and math teaching strategies, creating a college going culture, counseling for college readiness, working with students from special populations and more.
• 253 students received financial aid information that provided guidance on how to apply for financial aid such as Oklahoma's Promise, completing the FAFSA, community scholarship and other financial aid programs.
• 168 students participated in an ACT prep course.
• 96 high school juniors took a free ACT exam provided by Oklahoma GEAR UP.
• 62 high school seniors took the ACT exam.