Visiting a college campus is a powerful experience for middle and high school students who may not see themselves as college material.

 

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

 

College is any type of education or training after high school. GEAR UP schools help students explore a wide range of postsecondary programs and careers that may not require a 4-year degree.

 

Kay Graham, principal and director of curriculum/instruction at Lowell Junior/Senior High School, has spent her career committed to helping others expand their possibilities through education.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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