Ninth grade students and parents from Barbour County High School attended the GEAR UP Alabama Day sponsored by Troy University last week.
The county school students enjoyed a full day of activities, which began with registration and check-in at the Crosby Theater. After checking in, the students were given presentations on what to do to prepare for college, the admissions process, college finances, and also received encouraging remarks from Dr. Veronique Zimmerman-Brown, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education, and the Gear Up Alabama Project Director.
GEAR UP, short for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a six-year government grant designed to prepare low-income 7th grade students for success during postsecondary education. It focuses on helping students pursue education and training beyond high school, including trade certificate programs, two-year degree programs and four-year degree programs.
GEAR UP also offers students the chance to participate in free college tours, academic workshops, tutoring, leadership development classes, career development activities, mentoring, financial aid workshops and college preparation summer academies. The program also offers college-planning and financial literacy workshops for parents, and provides training programs for teachers.
Recognizing parents as their child’s first teacher, GEAR UP Alabama takes pride in providing parents with the resources necessary to support their students’ personally and academically. Parents can find links to websites focused on financial literacy, healthy nutrition/meal planning, as well as tips to help their children with homework and other beneficial parenting tools on the GEAR UP website. Parents can also discover ways to be active with GEAR UP Alabama and their community.
During the students’ visit to Troy University, a panel of college students conducted a question and answer period on college life, filling them in on what college life may be like for them one day when they attend college. Students and parents also enjoyed a campus tour, lunch on the Cowart Lawn, and spending time with military personal.
The finale of the day was attending the football game, Troy vs. App. State, and enjoying the half time show with the Sound of the South honoring all branches of the United States military.
Students and parents expressed a very special thanks to Troy University for hosting the event, to the driver for his patience, and to Ms. M. Harris, BCHS biology instructor for accompanying Ms. Anderson and students, on a very busy and exciting field trip.
Source: Dothan Eagle