TORRINGTON, Wyoming — The Eastern Wyoming College GEAR UP program has implemented a Parent Advisory Board (PAB) to promote the discussion and development of a shared vision of the educational needs of all EWC GEAR UP students. PAB provides a forum for parents to share their opinions and ideas with each other, the school GEAR UP staff, and EWC GEAR UP Director Judy Brown.
The PAB is made up of volunteer parent representatives from each EWC GEAR UP school. Members of the initial PAB are Theresa Wilhem, representing Glendo schools; Melisa Wilhoit, Torrington; and Tori Hunt, Lingle and Southeast schools.
The PAB will attend monthly GU meetings in the school they represent, and offer assistance, advice and feedback to the EWC GEAR UP staff. PAB will aid the GU staff with monthly meetings, set up, notifications and reminders to parents who have students enrolled in the EWC GEAR UP Program, which they are welcome to attend.
PAB will attend tutor training each year to become more informed regarding the GEAR UP program in their school.
“This is a new program, and I am so excited to see how it takes off,” Brown said. “Involving parents is a top priority. I am honored to have these parents as part of the EWC GEAR UP team. This helps students, parents and our EWC GEAR UP staff make the strong connection between home and the GEAR UP program.”
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federally-funded, statewide grant that provides services to 2,000 7th-12th grade, income-eligible Wyoming students each year.
The goal of GEAR UP is to increase the number of eligible students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by providing academic support, college preparation, and family services through GEAR UP offices located in each of the seven community colleges in Wyoming, and providing educator training and school improvement initiatives.
GEAR UP Wyoming is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $3,548,876 annually with an additional $3,548,876 annually provided by in-kind and scholarship contributions.
“Eastern Wyoming College GEAR UP Program serves 350 students each year throughout our six county outreach areas.” Brown said. “GEAR UP provides staff and academic support for 7th -12 grades in all of our GEAR UP schools.”
For more information about this program, contact Brown at 307-532-8269.
Source: Scottsbluff Star Herald