GEAR UP schools maintain contact with their recent graduates to provide a bridge of support through students' first year of postsecondary education.
A graduate of Taft 7-12 School in Lincoln City, Samantha Kuk credits an 8th grade GEAR UP class as a starting point in her college journey that has taken her to the University of Oregon.
The College & Career Center is a welcoming and colorful addition to Lebanon High School that stays in constant use.
It's not too early to think about summer! Students should apply to summer camps, internships and other opportunities now.
The Juntos program empowers Latino families with the knowledge, skills, and resources to help students access college.
At Newport High School, former student, coach, counselor and now administrator, Reyna Mattson knows firsthand the importance of building relationships with students and encouraging them to meet their potential.
A graduate of Elkton Charter School, Grace Lyons is studying computer science and business at OIT so she can use technology to help others.
Who says college and career readiness can't be fun? At Lorna Byrne Middle School, students put their knowledge to the test as part of a college and career carnival, complete with prizes.
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.

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