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Students at Pike County High School, in Alabama, enjoyed a first-hand look at the tech programs offered at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College during a recent visit. The campus visit was part of the GEAR UP program, which focuses on helping students pursue education and training beyond high school.

John R. Rogers High School in Spokane, Washington was highlighted in the New York Times for their recent transformation. This school had low graduation and college readiness rates, high discipline rates, and had to change quickly. With strong leadership and the help of GEAR UP and other programs, the school now has a culture that prepares all students for higher education, regardless of their income.

In Colorado, Greeley-Evans School District 6, more 2015 high school graduates enrolled in college than the previous year, seeming to turn around a steady decline in enrollment. The improvement was attributed in large part to both GEAR UP and the Advancing via Individual Determination (AVID) programs.

The Colorado River Union High School District’s College and Career Expo, hosted by the district GEAR UP program, featured about 100 vendors. The event was for students thinking about work or school after high school graduation. GEAR UP coordinators, Diane Beardsley and Amber Parker-DeWitt, agreed that it’s good to help students think about post-high school options early on.

Michigan GEAR UP was highlighted as part of Western Michigan University’s Office of Precollege Programming. The office provides high school students across the state direction and guidance needed before taking the next step to college and career.

In Montana, Troy High School valedictorian, Sarah Pierce, was recently awarded as GEAR UP achiever of the month! She will be speaking in Helena soon to share how GEAR UP impacted her schooling.

As 200 eighth-graders from Ponderosa Middle School clambered out of four yellow school buses at Klamath Community College on Friday morning, they gathered in color coordinated groups to prepare for Ponderosa Gear-Up day.

Gear-Up (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federal grant program from the U.S. Department of Education that aims to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in college by providing funding to assist with educational field trips and workshops.

This is the third year that Ponderosa has received the $50,000 grant, Ponderosa Gear-Up grant coordinator Amy Hill said, which allows students to explore their options outside the classroom and be exposed to future possibilities.

New York City was the site of the 2017 NCCEP/GEAR UP Capacity Building Workshop. Eastern Oklahoma’s GEAR UP delegation joined over 1,400 GEAR UP professionals from across the nation at the workshop designed to help new and experienced GEAR UP professionals effectively meet their project goals and objectives through professional development and strategic planning activities. The workshop is coordinated by the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) and is planned in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education.

In Tennessee, Grainger High School saw a sharp increase of the number of students who enrolled in postsecondary institutions immediately following graduation. In just two years, the number of students who enrolled immediately went from 25% to 75%. Vicki Farrar, the GEAR UP coordinator for Grainger County Schools, attributes this increase in large part to GEAR UP, along with Tennessee Promise.

West Virginia GEAR UP recently launched the Student Success Society in GEAR UP high schools. The Student Success Society is a program that provides mentoring services to students. In celebration of National Mentoring Month and the benefits of mentoring, West Virginia GEAR UP is celebrating a program that will help more students succeed in high school and beyond.

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