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An Oregon State University student from Madras, Elizabeth Gonzalez, has been selected to participate in the inaugural GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy (GUALA) in Washington, DC in June, one of only 30 students nationwide. GUALA is a 12-month leadership development program for alumni of the federal GEAR UP program, which prepares middle and high school students for college. The student leaders will travel to the nation’s capitol to receive training on grassroots advocacy, social media advocacy, and leadership skills during a week-long retreat.

Gonzalez is one of 30 college students nationwide and the only one from Oregon chosen for a first-ever panel of student leaders who will get leadership training and advocate for college students on Capitol Hill and in state houses around the country. Gonzalez, a 2010 graduate of Madras High, will participate in the inaugural GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy, beginning with training in Washington, D.C. in June. A sociology major, she is active in Latino affairs, including organizing events with the Meso American Student Association and College Assistance Migrant Program.

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.

NCCEP announces the thirty members selected for the inaugural GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy (GUALA). GUALA is a 12-month pilot program designed to train and mentor GEAR UP alumni in advocacy and leadership.

NCCEP names three new members to the NCCEP/GEAR UP Advisory Commission (GUAC).

NCCEP has named four new members to the NCCEP/GEAR UP Advisory Commission (GUAC).

NCCEP has elected four new trustees to its Board of Directors: Martha A. Cantu, Scott A. Giles, Mary Sylvia Harrison, and Christina R. Milano.

In an effort to strengthen GEAR UP’s culture of evidence-based assessment, 15 Consortium states agreed to voluntarily adopt common data collection and evaluation practices, and document more comprehensively the impact of GEAR UP across local, state, and national levels of implementation.

As the non-profit organization that provides training, technical assistance, and advocacy support to the GEAR UP program, NCCEP responds to the policy brief published jointly by Princeton University and the Brookings Institution, calling for an overhaul of federally funded college access programs.

NCCEP has named three new members to the NCCEP/GEAR UP Advisory Commission (GUAC).

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