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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 44 middle 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. Students are currently engaged in eighth grade activities and services for the 2012-2013 school year in regional middle schools.
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 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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GEAR UP: Ready, Set, College!
1900 W. Schunior Road
Edinburg, Texas 78541
(956) 984-6237 Office
(956) 984-7645 Fax
Last Modified on April 17, 2013
Region One Education Service Center - 1900 W. Schunior - Edinburg, Texas 78541 - Phone: (956) 984-6000 Fax: (956) 984-7655