GEAR UP in the News

Jared Casebolt has learned a lot at his summer program at the University of Kentucky, but the biggest surprise? The walking.

"It's so far between everything," said the 15-year-old sophomore from Bellevue High School in Northern Kentucky.

Casebolt is one of about 70 students from across the state who are in Lexington for three weeks to get a taste of college life, including the fact that it's hard to get from one end of campus to the other in just 10 minutes.

He's also getting some other new experiences: dorm life, really long lectures, foreign films, acting class and writing skills — "I'm understanding what college would be like," as Casebolt described it.

Local high school students got a chance to film their own mock talk show at the UTC TV Studio. The students were on campus as part of The University’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) initiative

This is the university’s first time partnering with GEAR UP on this inaugural project with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business and health.

Even in summer, there is still learning to be had and fun to be had doing it.  That's what GEAR UP, a year-round school program with a one-week summer camp, is trying to teach groups of U.P. students in an effort to get them thinking about higher education.

President Obama set a lofty 2020 education goal: the United States should have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. Just as lofty is the goal of America's Promise Alliance: achieving a 90 percent nationwide high school graduation rate for the Class of 2020.

Before the First Lady made her way to senior recognition night, she made a stop at a landmark spot.

Washburn Rural High School Sophomore Darrius Lindsay is a part of GearUp, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It's the program that offers mentors and educational resources to at-risk college bound students.

The Indian Parent Advisory Committee, Grants/Cibola County Schools, had their last meeting of the year on Wednesday at the Grants High School Auditorium. More than one dozen parents attended on May 14.

The meeting agenda included: A presentation on the Gear Up Program by Gary Atencio, a Title III action plan presentation by Rosemary Calvert, Indian Education Coordinator's Report by Bob Tenequer, Title VII presentation by Joseph Martin-IPAC Educator Co-chair.

As educators look for ways to keep high school seniors on track for college and to avoid the "summer melt" that leads some astray in the months after they graduate, a new strategy is gaining ground: texting.

More than 200 community members from Southeast Tennessee gathered at Lake Forest Middle School to explore adult learning opportunities in conjunction with Cleveland State Community College (CSCC), Bradley County School District’s GEAR UP Tennessee Program, and CMT’s (Country Music Television) Empowering Education, the network’s initiative which encourages viewers to pursue post-secondary education. This initiative  will provide opportunities for parents of GEAR UP participants to earn a college degree before their child graduates from high school. This will enhance the probability for their child’s success in college. The program is called GIG, which stands for GEAR UP Interest Group.

GEAR UP student Leah Woody introduces President Barak Obama at education and jobs event at Bladensburg, MD on April 7, 2014. He talked about efforts to prepare students for college and future jobs, and teach life skills.

Nearly 10,000 public school juniors will take the ACT Plus Writing test on Wednesday, April 23 at no cost to their families, thanks to a partnership between the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) and the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education's (OCHE's) Montana GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program).

Most middle school students do not spend much time thinking about college and career opportunities but thanks to the GEAR UP program, 28 Estacado students are looking four years into their future and preparing for the transition from high school to college.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission recognized the academic achievements of more than 200 GEAR UP students at the sixth annual Governor’s Honors Symposium, held April 5 at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. The Symposium highlighted the accomplishments of the program’s 12th-grade students, many of whom have participated in GEAR UP since the seventh grade.

Mekal Smith's speech wasn't a classic. It didn't change people's lives, didn't even last beyond half a minute. "This is a ... a really good school," he told about 40 teenagers on a sidewalk at Tuskegee University. "There are some, uhh ... really good students here." Finished, Smith shrugged, slapped hands with a student and walked away. He wasn't prepared for the group, which recently visited the school as part of a spring break program called Project Success.

"GEAR UP" stands for "gaining early awareness and readiness for undergraduate programs," and that's just dozens of Hamilton County urban middle school students have been doing for the past two weeks.  Camp GEAR UP is being held at the Tennessee National Guard camp in Tunnel Hill, and is hosted by UTC.