GEAR UP in the News

Five Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) students representing Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) had the chance to attend a unique learning opportunity this summer in San Francisco, California.

GEAR UP presented a Youth Congress which provided a high-quality, national-level interactive training experience and peer-to-peer learning opportunity for Ninth- and twelth-grade high school students who are currently participating in GEAR UP programs.

 

Roanoke City Public Schools has received a Gear Up Grant to make college a reality for rising 8th graders. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, RCPS has implemented a program designed to help students stay in school, develop good study skills and take the right courses to go to college. The official name of the program is called Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP).

Since 1995, the local I Have a Dream program has teamed children from low-income neighborhoods with sponsors, mentors and staff members who could help those students succeed.

As Southwest Washington’s I Have a Dream nears the end of its run, other initiatives have stepped up to help local teens complete high school and then continue their educations. And a couple of them have some Dreamer DNA.

The Penguin Promise is a partnership among the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, Clark College, the Clark College Foundation and community donors.

In Vancouver Public Schools, GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is using a federal grant to help a big share of its Class of 2017 stay on track.

Half of the 14 students from rural, low-income backgrounds who attended GEAR UP camp last week will be the first person from their family to attend college, if they decide to go.

The inaugural camp was hosted by Lewis & Clark College from Aug. 2-7, and designed to support students by exposing them to the possibility not only of attending college, but of attending a private college. The camp took place during Oregon’s second annual Private College Week, when 11 private schools in the state conduct tours and provide information about their institutions for the public.

This summer, students invented marketable products to address everyday problems and pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges using the entrepreneur/investor model made popular by the TV show “Shark Tank” during the first GEAR UP Camp at Dinwiddie Middle School Thursday.

Seventh and eighth grade students at South Highlands Middle School will have extra help preparing for college and career training programs, thanks to a new “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs” (GEAR UP) initiative. The GEAR UP program focuses on helping students pursue education and training beyond high school, including trade certificate programs, two-year degree programs and four-year degree programs.

Concord University has been recognized nationally for work with a program that assists students in West Virginia in preparing to enter and succeed in college.

The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) named Concord University the 2015 national “GEAR UP Community Partner of the Year.” The announcement was made on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 during the organization’s National Conference in San Francisco.

During the last two weeks of July UL Lafayette is hosting an enrichment camp for Design, Innovation, and Robotics.

The camp is for seventh and eighth grade students participating in the Lafayette Parish School System's GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs initiative.

Fewer reading materials in the home. Less access to camps or museums. Those are some reasons summer learning loss disproportionately affects low-income kids. And there are many in the South, which can hamper efforts to raise graduation rates. But in Part Two of this Southern Education Desk series, WBHM’s Dan Carsen reports on “GEAR UP Alabama” — a wide-ranging federally funded attempt to meet those challenges, and more...

A Gillette student participating in a University of Wyoming college preparatory program has been selected as the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) GEAR UP Youth of the Year.

William Van Buren, who received services through UW’s GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), was selected because he “fully embodies the attributes of perseverance and resiliency, and inevitably stands as a prime example of their power,” according to the citation read during the 2015 GEAR UP leadership awards ceremony in San Francisco. “William is well aware of the challenges that life presents and has used the knowledge gained from his experiences to not only shape his life, but to inspire those around him.”

The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships named William Brooks Van Buren of Gillette the GEAR UP youth of the year. He received his award Wednesday in San Francisco in front of 2,000 professionals and students from across the country.

A 2015 Campbell County High School graduate was recently chosen as the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships GEAR UP Youth of the Year. According to a news release from the Northern Wyoming Community College District, William Brooks Van Beuren accepted the award at the annual NCCEP conference recently held in San Francisco.

A new report finds half of the country’s low income students who took the ACT to measure their college readiness failed to meet four of the test’s key benchmarks. The ACT organization, based in Iowa City, teamed up with the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships to evaluate test scores from high school graduates who came from a family with an annual income of less than $36,000.

The percentage of low-income students who met college-readiness benchmarks on the ACT exam last year remained flat from the year before, according to a report released this week by ACT Inc. and a national education group.

The report includes data from students nationwide in the high school graduating class of 2014 who took the ACT exam. It was released Monday by ACT Inc., the Iowa City-based testing company, and the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships.

The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) announced today (July 21, 2015) that Concord University has been named the 2015 national “GEAR UP Community Partner of the Year.” Concord was recognized for its support of the West Virginia GEAR UP program, a federally funded grant program to help students from low-income areas prepare for college.

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