Oregon GEAR UP works with a variety of organizations to support efforts to create a college-going culture in schools and communities. These partnerships do not necessarily reflect an endorsement of the views and policies of our partner organizations or institutions. In addition to working closely with Oregon's community colleges and 4-year universities, we collaborate with the following regional and national partners:

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Access to Student Assistance Programs in Reach of Everyone (ASPIRE) provides mentoring and resources to help students access education and training beyond high school, helps high schools build a sustainable community of volunteer mentors, and educates students and families about the scholarship application process and other options for paying for postsecondary education. ASPIRE and GEAR UP collaborated to create Getting Ready to ASPIRE, a group mentoring curriculum for middle school students.

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CASA of Oregon sponsors the Matched College Savings Program (also known as individual development accounts, or IDAs) for eligible GEAR UP students, (as does NeighborWorks Umpqua). The program supports students with limited financial resources in achieving post-secondary education by leveraging their savings and incentivizing positive financial behaviors.

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ECMC Foundation is the philanthrophic arm of the Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC), a national guaranty agency that insures student loans for college. ECMC produces the Opportunities Booklet for Oregon students, sponsors College Nights in Oregon, and manages The College Place, a college access center that provides individual help with college applications and financial aid.
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Metis Associates is a research and consulting firm committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. Metis Associates provides the external evaluation of the Oregon GEAR UP program as well as resources and professional development opportunities for educators.

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National Council for Community & Education Partnerships (NCCEP) is the U.S. Department of Education-designated technical assistance and training provider for the state and partnership grantees who receive GEAR UP federal funds. NCCEP sponsors two national conferences each year.

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NeighborWorks Umpqua, along with CASA of Oregon, administers the Matched College Savings Plans for specific GEAR UP students.

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Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) administers a variety of state, federal, and privately funded student financial aid programs for the benefit of Oregonians attending institutions of postsecondary education. OSAC administers the GEAR UP scholarships.

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Oregon Career Information System (CIS) is a web-based career exploration tool that allows users to explore their interests, learn more about careers and their related educational requirements, and create personalized education plans and profiles. GEAR UP middle schools were among the first to pilot CIS Junior.

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Oregon State University’s Office of Precollege Programs has collaborated on a variety of summer programs and educational opportunities for GEAR UP students, including Beaver Hangouts, a virtual mentoring program that pairs OSU college students with a class.

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Seeds Training lead the popular Student Leadership Retreat held each summer for GEAR UP middle school students.  Their high impact training programs engage youth in confidence-building and problem-solving exercises that can be applied to their daily lives.

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Southern Oregon University Youth Programs offers a variety of summer programs for youth. GEAR UP has offered scholarships to students to attend diverse programs such as Camp M.D.
The Alliance logo The Alliance is a coalition of Oregon's independent colleges and universities. They are partnering with GEAR UP to provide programming for students and administrators.
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The Ford Family Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation based in Roseburg, Oregon that believes in "successful citizens and vital rural communities," and is therefore committed to improving post-secondary education awareness, preparation, and enrollment for rural students.  They support the ten GEAR UP communities in the 2011-2017 cohort.

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Willamette Promise is a program coordinated through the Willamette Education Service District to provide support to high schools in reaching Oregon's goals regarding college credit and students attending and receiving credentials in post-secondary education. Schools associated with Willamette Promise are eligible to become GEAR UP Affiliate sites.