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 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 Ready, Set, College Logo GEAR UP: College Now-Career Connected! Logo GEAR UP: College Ready, Career Set! Logo  
    GEAR UP: Ready, Set, College  GEAR UP: College Now- Career Connected!   GEAR UP: College Ready, Career Set!
    Through August 2019 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 here to browse the 2018-2019 Planning Guide to learn about upcoming scheduled events. 

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    Melissa Lopez, Administrator
    Office line (956) 984-6237
    Fax line (956) 984-7645
    Norma McCormick, Director
    Office line (956) 984-6034 
    Nicole Saenz, Coordinator
    College Ready, Career Set!
    Office line (956) 984-6112
    Alma Cavazos, Coordinator
    College Now-Career Connected!
    Office line (956) 984-6049
Last Modified on July 23, 2019