We surveyed the class of 2019 to learn more about their post-high school decisions, experiences, and advice.

 

GEAR UP schools are celebrating seniors and their future plans in a myriad of creative ways, from virtual awards nights to graduation parades.

 

Heather Harrison started as the GEAR UP coordinator for Oakridge Junior/Senior High School, which ultimately led to her becoming CTE-endorsed to help get the school's student-run business off the ground.

 

Steven Ebker is a graduate of Umatilla High School, now studying at Oregon State University with hopes of becoming a medical research scientist.

 

In addition to providing meals, technology, and instructional resources to students and families, GEAR UP schools are virtually maintaining relationships, building college-going cultures, and supporting students' postsecondary plans.

 

In order to continue supporting students after they graduate from high school, we are partnering with seven community colleges to create or enhance programs to support first-year students.

 

The good news: our schools are using data to strategically expand their college and career readiness programming and students and families have a greater awareness of the college process.

 

GEAR UP schools support students by sharing scholarship opportunities, starting the process early, providing time during the school day, and celebrating scholarship recipients.

 

Over half of GEAR UP schools participate in Oregon's ASPIRE program, which helps meet our goal of building caring relationships between students and adult mentors focused on postsecondary access.

 

Borrow these ideas from Oregon GEAR UP schools to show off your school's college-going culture by providing visual reminders that promote and celebrate the expectation of college attendance.

 

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