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Welcome Seniors!

What an exciting time! You’ve made it to your final year of high school. So, what’s next? Whether you plan to move right into the world of work, acquire technical skills in a trades program, enlist in the military, or start college studies, we are here to help. GEAR UP Wyoming staff will be reaching out to you and your parents this year to provide assistance as you prepare for life after graduation. Consider your options, then go for it!

Where are You Going Next?

Senior Checklist

Make Your Senior Planning Appointment

Contact Gear Up

Senior Checklist for FALL

  • Make your Appointment with your Gear Up Navigator
  • Pick your Pathway
  • Create an FSA ID
  • Have Parents Create their FSA ID
  • Apply to Colleges individually
  • Apply to Multiple Colleges using Common App
  • Retake SAT
  • Start Writing your College Essays

Need help with any of these items? Make an Appointment with your Navigator!


Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal grant program designed to provide students in the Class of 2024 with the skills needed to graduate on time and enroll in a postsecondary program.

Awarded in 2018, the GEAR UP Wyoming grant gives GRCC the opportunity to partner with four Wyoming school districts:

  • Godfrey-Lee
  • Godwin Heights
  • Kelloggsville
  • Wyoming Jr. High

What GEAR UP means for students

Through a cohort model, we work with seventh grade students as they progress to the twelfth grade. Each year, students receive individualized academic support with a focus on preparing them for postsecondary education – whether that’s college, a certification or training program, or military service.


The GRCC Foundation has pledged scholarship money for GEAR UP graduates so low-income families can afford a college education.

Specialized training for teachers and counselors

GEAR UP Wyoming provides support to middle and high school math teachers to access resources from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics as well as from Texas Instruments. The grant also designs and hosts a series of professional development breakfasts for middle and high school counselors to assist families in the college-going process.

Workshops for parents

GEAR UP Wyoming helps families with the transition to postsecondary education. Workshops for parents aim to increase exposure to, and knowledge about, postsecondary educational options, preparation, and financing.

FAFSA Completion Events

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024  5-7:30 p.m.

  • Hispanic Center of West Michigan 
  • 1204 Cesar Chavez Ave SW

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024 5-7 p.m.

  • Paul I Phillips Boys & Girls Club
  • 726 Madison Ave SE

Saturday, March 2, 2024  10 a.m. – noon

  • Wyoming High School
  • 1350 Prairie Parkway SW

Please confirm your attendance from our partner districts. 

Senior Celebration Days

Monday, April 29: Godwin Heights High School 

Thursday, May 9: Kelloggsville High School, Wyoming High School

Tuesday, May 21: Godfrey Lee High School

Graduation Ceremonies

Wednesday, May 15: Godwin Heights High School

Thursday, May 16: Kelloggsville High School

Wednesday, May 22 Wyoming High School, 54th St. Academy

Thursday, May 2: Godfrey Lee

Meet Your Team!

Julia Moore Steve Beauclair Kristine Wright

GEAR UP Student Navigator

Phone(616) 234-3093

Director, GEAR UP Wyoming

Phone(616) 234-2586

Navigator - Lee and Godwin Heights
GEAR UP Wyoming


Phone: (616) 234-2168



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Congratulations to the GEAR UP Wyoming class of 2024 graduates!