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

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.

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.

In Indiana, many students graduate high school and are not college-ready, particularly low-income students. GEAR UP is working to make a difference for these students by exposing them to college early and helping them build the skills to become ready for a postsecondary education and, ultimately, the workforce. Students above are participating in a GEAR UP STEM camp that is helping them begin to think about their future careers.

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.

Appalachian State GEAR UP has been teaching students to design and code within Minecraft, a popular game. These students are focused and learning skills while preparing for their future through a fun game!

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.

Nearly 200 high school sophomores in 10 West Virginia counties are experiencing life on a college campus this week.

The students are attending the West Virginia GEAR UP college prep academy at Concord University where they will learn how to select college courses, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), live in a residence hall and participate in activities that prepare students for post secondary education and training programs.

The event, which runs through Saturday, is sponsored by the state Higher Education Policy Commission. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded initiative.

In Milwaukee, the first GEAR UP class just graduated from eight local high schools! At one high school alone, students earned $1.9 million in scholarships. Across Milwaukee Public Schools, students earned over $62 million in scholarships. It was a record-breaking number in the district, and many students are excited to use that scholarship money this fall as they pursue a higher education.

In California, Assemblywoman Marie Waldron praised the GEAR UP program and all the work they do to help students succeed. In the article, she provided an overview of the program and outcomes of Palomar College’s GEAR UP program – a program that has made a difference for many students.

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