Salem Community College has named Destiny Bush as the project director for its New Jersey GEAR UP grant.
New Jersey GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federal grant administered by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. SCC is partnering with the Penns Grove-Carneys Point Regional School District to begin preparing middle and high school students for college success. Following a summer enrichment program for 31 students, this fall the GEAR UP program has offered after-school and Saturday tutoring, mentoring, financial aid/Educational Opportunity Fund information and college visits.
Before joining SCC, Bush was a care manager for the Camden County Partnership for Children.
The Camden native is a first-generation college student. Bush holds a master's degree in education from Washington State University and a bachelor's in criminal justice from Stockton University. While at Washington State, she was a graduate assistant in the Dean of Student's Office, serving as an academic resource and liaison for undergraduate and graduate students.
The total federal/state funding for the Penns Grove-Carneys Point Regional District project is $138,000 with a 35 percent in-kind match (Division H, Title V, Section 505 of Public Law 113-76, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014).
This item submitted by Bill Clark for Salem Community College.