WHITE HOUSE RECOGNITION
Region One ESC GEAR UP Recognized by President Obama and First Lady Obama at a White House Reception
The Region One Education Service Center GEAR UP: Ready, Set, College! Program is proud of the students, parents, and partners who have received recognition for their exceptional efforts in paving pathways to post-secondary education. Occasionally, our GEAR UP: Ready, Set, College! Program receives recognition for our efforts. We are honored to have been recognized by the President of the United States at a White House Reception in 2014.
The following is excerpted from the “COMMITMENTS TO ACTION ON COLLEGE OPPORTUNITY” by the Executive Office of the President, January 2014.
ESC GEAR UP in South Texas ESC GEAR UP in South Texas is committing to address college undermatch in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. ESC GEAR UP in South Texas has begun establishing relationships with highly selective institutions and other partners to better engage the community on issues of college access and affordability. Working with these schools’ faculty as well as the National Council for Community and Education partnerships, ESC GEAR UP in South Texas is planning to host a conference on college match with various stakeholders. Furthermore, superintendents and central office staff who attend the GEAR UP national conference in Washington will be able to visit Johns Hopkins and Harvard to further enhance existing relationships with selective colleges as well as the four local universities and three local community colleges with whom ESC GEAR UP in South Texas partners with. ESC GEAR UP in South Texas has already made great strides with college match. Working with Harvard University and Texas Instruments, eight local teachers from the GEAR UP schools in this area have been participating in a Masters of Mathematics for Teaching. This partnership will help provide highly rigorous dual enrollment College Algebra classes to GEAR UP students during their junior and senior year. The project also connects former Rio Grande Valley residents with current Ivy League students as well as graduates from these top tier institutions via webinars and face-to-face mentoring opportunities.
The President and the First Lady addressed our group and talked about the importance of providing college access to all students-there were over 100 college and university presidents, highlighted non-profit groups like GEAR UP and foundations in attendance. We were represented in Washington, D.C. by Norma O. McCormick, Coordinator.