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Many low-income students have high aspirations when it comes to college. However, they often don't have the means or preparation to enroll and succeed.

Person High School student Brandon Bumpass earns spot in national leadership program

University of Nevada, Reno student Gemma Beltran, is one of 28 GEAR Up alumni selected from across the country to participate in the national GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy. This group traveled to Washington, D.C., June 14 -21 where they experienced Capitol Hill and received leadership training to prepare them to advocate for GEAR UP and support the success of other students over the next 12 months.

DeWitt High School and Middle School students participated in the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) two-week summer program at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) DeWitt campus from June 9-20.

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.

The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) has announced the 28 members selected for the GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy (GUALA), Class of 2015. GUALA is a 12-month program designed to train and mentor GEAR UP alumni in advocacy and leadership. Alumni Leaders work toward creating positive change in education policy for their younger peers.

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.

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