GEAR UP staff, educators and students stayed busy this summer attending conferences, workshops, camps and programs across the state.


GEAR UP staff, school coordinators and administrators joined GEAR UP programs from across the country in Washington D.C. for our national conference.

Our College Fit Game was a hit at the national convening for the American College Application Campaign, also in Washington D.C.

And closer to home, Oregon GEAR UP staff members presented at the Reach Higher Summit in Monmouth on creating a college-going culture.

Summer Institute for Educators

Using agriculture as a case study, middle and high school educators focused on relevance as they explored ways to bring careers to the classroom. In partnership with Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom, attendees toured a variety of agricultural industries to explore the wide variety of careers available, seeking ways to encourage career exploration in their own classroom.

Student Leadership Event

130 middle and high school students from 10 GEAR UP schools came to the University of Oregon for four days of building teamwork, communication and leadership skills. Hosted by Seeds Training, one student summed it up perfectly, "The camp is just amazing."

Sponsored Summer Programs

Oregon GEAR UP also sponsored or provided scholarships for campus-based summer programs for middle and high school students at GEAR UP schools. Opportunities included a summer bridge program for rising college freshman at Blue Mountain Community College, STEM camps led by Oregon State University, visiting campuses during Oregon Private College Week and precollege programs at Southern Oregon University.

See more photos from summer on our Facebook page.