Research shows that when students understand the relevance of a college education they are more likely to attend. Therefore, it's important to help students explore career options and connect their aspirations to the appropriate education pathway.
Brad Kudlac, the GEAR UP coordinator and principal at Culver Middle School, knows firsthand the importance of early exposure to a college campus and the influence of teachers and parents on student outcomes.
After graduating from La Pine High School, Kati Newcomb jumped into college life at the University of Oregon. She continues to give back to GEAR UP by serving as a student leader during summer programs.
College campus visits are one way of encouraging students to see themselves as college students. Therefore, Oregon GEAR UP held a series of workshops designed to help colleges design developmentally-appropriate college visits for younger students.