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Welcome to the NCCEP newsroom!  Click on the links below to read the latest news from NCCEP and GEAR UP. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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