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Lacking a strong role model, Hector Araujo’s community told him that an education was not necessary to be successful. He spent his life running races; the only problem is, this race would have led him into the criminal justice system.

That changed, though, when Emily Johnson — a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Coordinator from Boise, Idaho — transplanted herself into Hector’s school. He was awe-struck when he found that someone believed in him.

Ali Guerrero was struggling in school and thinking about dropping out. As a last resort he enrolled at WestSide High School his sophomore year, never imaging what a life-changing decision that would be.

At WestSide, Ali met GEAR UP coordinator Sheena Zacherele. GEAR UP is a federal program designed to prepare low-income students to succeed in postsecondary education. Sheena convinced (badgered, coerced, pleaded with) Ali to attend a Washington Business Week program offered at Western Washington University the summer after his sophomore year. Wenatchee Rotary Club sponsored the trip.

Once on campus for Business Week, Ali says he decided to get out of his comfort zone and talk to the other kids and what he heard surprised him. “They had goals. They were eager to do things. They took pride in their accomplishments,” says Ali. “I looked at myself and I hadn’t done anything. I didn’t even feel like I deserved to be there.”

Ali decided to change.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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