GEAR UP Newsletter: Fall 2014
to the inaugural issue of the Arizona GEAR UP Newsletter.
GEAR UP 2012-19 is a federal grant program administered by Northern Arizona
University, the fourth of its kind since 2000.
at assisting students in “Gaining
Early Awareness and Readiness
for Undergraduate Programs,” the State program is
noted for the significant increase in the number of students from 40 of
Arizona’s neediest schools, graduating high school and going to college in 2006
current seven-year grant helps a cohort of 4,000 students in 30 rural schools
on their journeys to education and training beyond high school; seeks to
sustainably improve in 300+ schools, the readiness of middle-grade students for
college and careers; and, leverages key education initiatives with a number of
state and local partners.
purpose of this publication is to broadly inform of GEAR UP successes and
achievements in Arizona. We hope through
our feature stories, profiles of success, data briefs, happenings, updates,
etc. – you get to know us better, and together, we do more to advance students’ success in postsecondary
education, training and life. Thank you
in advance for tuning in and adding us to your network.
Arizona GEAR UP in Action
Hector Araujo: A GEAR UP Success Story in AZ & DC
The young man in a dark suit dashing through office hallways in Washington, D.C. fits perfectly into that city’s fast-paced, quick-thinking environment. But meet Hector Araujo and you very learn quickly that absolutely nothing about him is typical.
Profile of Success
GEAR UP students from all over Arizona gathered on the NAU Flagstaff campus in June for the week-long GEAR UP Summer Leadership Academy (GUSLA). GUSLA motivates students to succeed academically in high school, enhance their study, communication and positive decision-making skills, develop leadership techniques and achieve personal goals. One student from GEAR UP's Holbrook Middle School partnership said they learned to “Try new things – even when you don’t want to!”
Arizona GEAR UP Leader Earns National Recognition
Teena Olszewski, GEAR UP’s leader in Arizona, has been named GEAR UP Professional of the Year by the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP).
Did You Know?
84% of Arizona's eighth graders from 294 schools participating in the Arizona EXPLORE Program
, completed an Education and Career Action Plan in
Data and Continuous Improvement: Keys to GEAR UP Success
From grant cycle to grant
cycle, the percentage of Arizona GEAR UP students graduating high school and
enrolling in postsecondary education has significantly exceeded state graduation and
college-going rates. Arizona GEAR UP works by using student data to
inform every aspect of the project, central to a program management cycle that
promotes continuous improvement.
Arizona GEAR UP Happenings
National GEAR UP Week
Local GEAR UP schools and communities are invited to “Celebrate, Advocate and Be Heard Across the Nation”.
Early College and Career Readiness Testing
46,000 students across Arizona are scheduled to take ACT's EXPLORE assessment. The results provide an early indication of college readiness and help students explore the world of opportunities available to them beyond high school.
GEAR UP West Conference - Seattle, WA
GEAR UP and other college access professionals will be in attendance at the annual GEAR UP West Conference in Seattle, Washington. All those working to help low-income and underrepresented students prepare for and succeed in college are welcome to attend. For more information or to register for the conference click here.
AZ GEAR UP in the News
Marching toward college
At Fox Creek Junior High School in Mohave County, GEAR UP coordinator Amber Parker-DeWitt organized a March Madness project. Teachers worked with Expect More Arizona to help students celebrate the importance of creating a college plan.
Toltec Students Prepare
GEAR UP coordinator April Ortega launched a district-wide Career Day for Toltec students. More than just a career day, it was a community event. Area professionals – 18 in all – met with students to talk about career and education.
We'd love to hear from you
For more information about Northern Arizona University and the
Arizona GEAR UP program please visit our website or call (602) 776-4616.
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