Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

  • GEAR UP is a seven-year program of the United States Department of Education designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

    Region One Education Service Center (ESC) and partners provide services at middle and high schools for a cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students. 


    Region One ESC GEAR UP Projects 

    Three active GEAR UP projects operate from the Region One ESC's Office of College, Career, and Life Readiness. Click the links below to learn more about services available to recipients of each of the three grants.

    GEAR UP: College Now-Career Connected! Logo GEAR UP: College Ready, Career Set! Logo  
     GEAR UP: College Now- Career Connected!   GEAR UP: College Ready, Career Set!
    2019-2025 2019-2025


    GEAR UP students and parents/families in the Region One ESC area receive the following types of services. 

    * On-Campus & Online Tutoring * Summer Bridge Programs
    * College and Career Coaching * Parent/Family Advising
    * STEM/Computer Science Workshops * Parent/Family Engagement Workshops
    * TSI/SAT/ACT Testing/Support  

    Click below to browse the 2019-2020 Planning Guide to learn about upcoming scheduled events. 

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    Melissa Lopez, Administrator
    Office of College, Career and Life Readiness
    Office line (956) 984-6046
    Fax line (956) 984-7645
    Ricardo L. Lopez Jr., Director
    College Now, Career Connected!
    Office line (956) 984-6110 
    Nicole Saenz, Director
    College Ready, Career Set!
    Office line (956) 984-6112 
Last Modified on August 18, 2023