Nevada State GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded grant that is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Generally, students are identified as GEAR UP during their 7th grade year and exposed to GEAR UP activities that continue through high school. There are 18 middle schools and the UNR Dean’s Future Scholars, or approximately 5,500 students, included in the Nevada State GEAR UP project. To qualify for program participation, school selection was based on a federally free or reduced lunch rate of 50% or higher.
The GEAR UP program at Western Nevada College provides comprehensive mentoring, academic enrichment, workshops and club meetings to prepare students for success. To meet with your GEAR UP Ambassador or for more information, contact Tawnie Wentz.