gu The GEAR UP: Ready, Set, College! partnership is a federal grant funded program by the U.S. Department of Education.  Funded in September of 2011 in the amount of $6.9 million dollars per year for a total of seven years, Region One ESC GEAR UP serves approximately 10,500 cohort students in 30 high schools at 27 regional school districts arrayed along the U.S.-Mexico border from Laredo to Brownsville, Texas.  It consists of a partnership between local public school districts, institutes of higher education, and businesses/organizations that help students and their families toward college and career readiness.   
The primary goal of the GEAR UP: Ready, Set, College! partnership is to increase the number of targeted students who enter and succeed in postsecondary environments.  This goal is supported by a plan that encompasses academic systemic reform.  Services are substantiated by validated research, and are intended to result in a systemic examination, alignment, and implementation of policies, programs, and practices that enable students to succeed in college. 

GEAR UP: Ready, Set, College! is organized into five program objectives.  These objectives are then supported by delineated activities and initiatives. 

  • Objective 1:  Increase the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education for GEAR UP students.
  • Objective 2:  Increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary  education for GEAR UP students through a systemic transformation of continuous improvement. 
  • Objective 3:  Increase GEAR UP students’ and their families’ knowledge and awareness of postsecondary education, financing options and preparation.
  • Objective 4:  Increase GEAR UP students' access to advanced academic programs, technology applications and distance learning networks through a STEM initiative.
  • Objective 5:  Increase the leadership capacity of administrators and community stakeholders to sustain a college awareness organizational structure of continuous learning.


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Upcoming Events

T.I.E.S. Conference @ UTPA
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Family Certification Luncheon (Upper Valley)
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Contact Information

Region One ESC
GEAR UP: Ready, Set, College!
1900 W. Schunior Road
Edinburg, Texas 78541
(956) 984-6237 Office
(956) 984-7645 Fax
Last Modified on April 1, 2014