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WHAT IS GEAR UP?
GEAR Up (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a researched based, national college access initiative that provides critical early college awareness and support activities for students in Wilkes County’s Middle and High schools. GEAR UP follows a cohort of students and this school year, the grant covers students in the 7th through 10th grades. The GEAR UP program model strives to increase the number of students who are informed on how to plan, apply, and pay for post-secondary programming through direct classroom lessons, two and four-year college tours, as well as parent information sessions. GEAR UP supports educational programs such as Tutor.com, Virtual Job Shadow, along with summer and special event programs on the campuses of Wilkes Community College, Appalachian State University and UNC Asheville.