A dedicated counselor and long-time GEAR UP team member turned coordinator, Kirsten Wright helps students at Stanfield Secondary School plan their futures.
GEAR UP schools foster a college-going culture with regularly scheduled college t-shirt days that encourage students to reach higher and involve staff in communicating the expectation of higher education.
A graduate of Stanfield Secondary School, Uber Hernandez made attending college a reality with the help of GEAR UP.
Thanks to a partnership with the Portland Timbers, 100 students from 5 high schools learned about the variety of career options available as part of a professional sports organization.
Attendance counts! GEAR UP schools are using data and proven techniques to increase awareness and engagement among staff, students and parents.
Summer break? Hardly! GEAR UP educators and students were busy attending conferences, workshops, camps and programs to develop their skills and expand their knowledge.
Culver Middle School and Lowell Junior/Senior High School help students explore college options and hone their research and presentation skills during student-led college fairs.
Patrick Lee, the superintendent and principal of Camas Valley Charter School, credits GEAR UP for helping their school become more focused and intentional in preparing students for life after high school.
Our partnership with The Alliance focuses on college fit and helping educators and students explore private colleges as an option.
GEAR UP educators explored data, learned new strategies and looked ahead during our three-day professional development and planning retreat.

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