GEAR UP in the News

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.

Campbell County high school graduate William Brooks Van Buren was named as GEAR UP Youth of the Year by the National Council for Community and Education Partnership.

Serving Sheridan, Johnson and Gillette counties, Northern Wyoming Community College District’s GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Site Coordinator Kristin Young worked as Van Buren’s advisor throughout his last two years of high school.

The camp at UL-Lafayette was funded by Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP — which awarded the Lafayette Parish School System a total of $1.9 million, according to the U.S. Department of Education website.

The Congressman, who is architect of the GEAR UP program, will address educators from across the country at their annual national conference...

Local member-owned cooperative TopLine Federal Credit Union recently took part in Hennepin Technical College's GEAR UP Summer Camp the week of June 15. Twenty-eight students from Fridley High School and Cooper High School explored future careers to help them build awareness and readiness for college and beyond. As part of the program, TopLine representatives offered financial education for students to show the value of integrating smart financial decision-making into their future planning.

Tanner Chronister was one among a number of students who took part in the free, weeklong camp sponsored by Oklahoma GEAR UP, which is offered each June to select students who attend school in one of 24 eligible school districts. During the week, students live on campus and work alongside a college professor, learning how to use and apply a number of scientific technologies.

What did he need college for? He was destined for pro basketball.

This was one of several anecdotes of frustration shared during this week’s annual conference of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP), the third-party, technical assistance provider for GEAR UP, the federally funded initiative aimed at improving college access for low-income students.

Maria Alvarez, Aizza Carrillo, Arturo Escobedo, Shene Martinez and Victoria Sanchez of Jones Junior High received the Education Trust Awards from California GEAR UP, a program designed to boost higher education enrollment by low-income students, district officials said in a statement.

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Fitchburg High Principal Jeremy Roche acknowledged that "the market's tough," but FHS encourages students to speak with guidance counselors for job advice, and it also participates in GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

Walnut Springs ISD is one of 22 districts participating in the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant activities. Polly Bonner is the GEAR UP site facilitator for the district. 
GEAR UP is designed to help more young Americans stay in school, develop good study habits and take the correct courses to lay a foundation for college.

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Almost 200 students from Pike County Schools will benefit from a seven-year, $49 million grant designed to help children become college ready. The statewide grant will help fund activities during their high school careers as well as full scholarships to any public community or technical college in the state.

In an effort to increase the percentage of students continuing to college in the fall of 2015, Norwood High School introduced the GEAR UP program to its seniors late last year.

The Powers School District will be building a college and career readiness center and snack bar with $27,000 in grant money.

"I think it's going to be an excellent addition to the high school building," said Superintendent and Principal Matt Shorb. "I think in some ways it will add something modern to the high school setting."

The money comes from the Ford Family Foundation, which also serves as the school's sponsor for GEAR UP funds. GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs and is through the U.S. Department of Education.

The grant program is intended to increase how many low-income students are prepared to enter and do well in post-secondary education.

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