GEAR UP in the News

GEAR UP Tennessee hosted a kick-off event for seniors. As these GEAR UP seniors get ready to enter their last year of high school, they heard from US Paralympic Medalist Patrick “Blake” Leeper, attended a college fair, had admissions and financial aid information sessions, and various student activities.

Brand new GEAR UP students in Fallbrook, California, recently participated in Club Rush Week and showed their excitement for getting ready for college. Palomar College GEAR UP will serve these seventh graders for the next seven years.

Utah State University GEAR UP has been collaborating with other local agencies to create the Hope Project, a initiative to prepare students to work in the medical field. Students learn about the various jobs that are available in hospitals and the skills to be successful in those jobs. The holistic program currently has 19 students and is hoping to see success as it moves forward.

The GEAR UP program at Palomar College is kicking off the school year in style! GEAR UP students and their families who will be served this year had the opportunity to go on a college visit and learn about GEAR UP while having fun. They toured the campus, learned about departments, and heard from GEAR UP staff and college campus staff.

Palomar GEAR UP was highlighted for the work they are doing in their local community. Thousands of local students have been impacted by the good work of GEAR UP, and are becoming college-ready.

As students in Michigan get ready to enroll in college this fall, the Michigan Department of Treasury is reminding students about Michigan Student Aid’s scholarship search experience. The search experience is a project that was funded by Michigan GEAR UP and the collaboration won the 2017 Governor’s Service Award for Outstanding National Service Program. This example of collaboration that led to a sustainable project to help all students is one example of the great work that Michigan GEAR UP is doing.

In California, California State University , Monterey Bay and University of California, Santa Cruz GEAR UP programs are preparing for a community event to highlight GEAR UP and the Early Academic Outreach Program. The event is a way to engage families at a fun event centered around college access and success.

GEAR UP students from Wilburton, Texas, who attended the 2017 NCCEP/GEAR UP Conference spent some time to tour colleges and different areas in San Francisco.

Educators in Kingman Unified School District, part of Arizona GEAR UP, were recently recognized by their governing board for their efforts to prepare middle school students for college and career. Education professionals undergo training to help them build a college-going culture so that students have the support they need to pursue their passions.

California State University, San Bernadino (CSUB) GEAR UP hosted their 2nd annual Educators Conference IMPACT 23 last month in Las Vegas, Nevada. Attendees included over 170 educators who are involved in the GEAR UP grant. The goal of the conference was to collaborate and discuss how to impact students and the community in a positive way.

In Hawai‘i, the University of Hawaii West O‘ahu has increased the number of summer bridge programs that take place on their campus. Thanks in part to GEAR UP, along with a few other programs, more students than ever are spending the summer in summer bridge programs to prepare them for college.

Kristopher Rodriguez, GEAR UP alumni from Alice Independent School District in Texas, was recently highlighted in his local paper. Rodriguez was active in GEAR UP during middle and high school; he presented at multiple GEAR UP conferences, his grandfather was awarded the NCCEP Parent Leader of the Year award in 2011, and Rodriguez himself was first runner-up for NCCEP Youth Leader of the Year in 2012. He went on to attend Stephen F. Austin State University, where he is majoring in music education.

Troy High School teacher, Cory Andersen, holds summer science classes as part of Montana GEAR UP. He has recently been in talks with Hecla Mining Company to discuss the possibility of partnering with GEAR UP. In the mines, a variety of skilled employees are required, including engineers, geologists, health and safety workers, and numerous others. Andersen is hoping that by partnering with Hecla, GEAR UP students will learn about the many degrees they can obtain in order to work at the mines in Troy if they want to stay in the area where they grew up.

Students from Birmingham, Alabama GEAR UP recently participated in an entrepreneurship camp sponsored by GEAR UP. The week-long camp challenged students to think outside of the box to solve problems. Students did market research, competitor analysis, and worked on financial systems.

Washington State University GEAR UP hosted a STEM Lego robotics camp in late June at John Sager Middle School. It was so successful, that they plan to do more robotics in the future! The whole community, including parents, were involved in parts of the weeklong camp. Check out the link to read more about this great camp.