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

From homelessness to Purdue University, GEAR UP Alumni Brooks Van Buren has defeated the odds. Brooks was part of Wyoming GEAR UP, and his GEAR UP counselors and other school staff helped him overcome astounding odds. He was 2015 GEAR UP Student of the Year, is currently a member of the GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy, and is a full-time student at Purdue University. His passion and perseverance shines through in his accomplishments, and we are so excited to see Brooks continue to thrive and grow.

At Utah State University, GEAR UP students from Wendover, Nevada, were hosted by faculty from the Kinesiology and Health Science Department. The students explored six different activities about brain control and balance. The GEAR UP program hopes to spark their interest in college through activities like this.

In Philadelphia, the new GEAR UP grant that was awarded recently is part of an effort to create an educational pipeline of success for students. Starting with reading at a young age, the city is leveraging GEAR UP and other initiatives to help students achieve their dreams by creating a sustainable environment for attainment.

In North Carolina, Appalachian State University has a seat at the table with a U.S. Senate-led Task Force on initiatives that affect the Appalachia region. The Task Force will focus on how to address key issues affecting Appalachia. Already, Director Erich Schlenker of Appalachian’s Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship has mentioned the positive impact that Appalachian’s GEAR UP program has had in influencing students and changing their mindset when it comes to education.

GEAR UP students in San Bernadino, California, got a “Bite of Reality” at a financial awareness event hosted at Cal State San Bernadino and in partnership with Thinkwise Credit Union and the local GEAR UP program. Students had apps on tablets or smart phones that simulated making a salary and paying bills. These GEAR UP students learned how to make financial decisions through this simulation, and had some fun while doing it.

Nevada GEAR UP students from Reno and students from eight Las Vegas high schools visited Carson City, Nevada’s Capitol, to learn more about a day in the life of a legislator. They observed floor sessions and attended a Senate education committee meeting. 

GEAR UP students in Michigan recently visited the University of Michigan-Dearborn to participate in a global cultural appreciation event hosted by the Office of Student Engagement. Students saw performances from step-and-stroll to Chinese acrobats and ate food from around the world.

GEAR UP Alumni Leader, Amanda Haynes, from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) GEAR UP program was recently interviewed and highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education. She shared how her passion for science and engineering was sparked and sustained through GEAR UP activities. She is a senior at the UTEP and is majoring in mechanical engineering. The article highlighted how GEAR UP helped students like Amanda, and the detrimental effect a federal cut to GEAR UP paired with increased border wall funding could have in her community.

From West Virginia, educator Sarah Tucker testified before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies to highlight the importance of STEM education. She encouraged the federal government to support STEM education by enhancing programs like GEAR UP.

In West Virginia, GEAR UP alum, Ikie Brooks, was highlighted after a recent interview. He was interviewed on MetroNews, “Talkline,” by host Hoppy Kercheval.

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