Gov. Jay Inslee has honored a Central Washington University program designed to increase the number of low-income students prepared to enter and succeed in college.
Gov. Inslee has proclaimed Sept. 21-25 as GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Program) Week.
CWU’s GEAR UP program specifically targets low-income high-school students in the Brewster, Chelan, Easton, Highland, Manson, Omak, Oroville, Quincy, Tonasket, Richland, and Wenatchee school districts.
“We start with students in sixth and seventh grades and follow them through to their first year of college,” said Tracy Plouse, CWU’s GEAR UP director. “All students receive career and college admissions counseling, along with financial aid counseling from our site directors and university staff.”