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

GEAR UP gives GRCC the opportunity to partner with four Wyoming middle schools:

  • 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 to make college financially possible for low-income families.

Specialized training for teachers

GEAR UP students receive personalized math tutoring using ALEKS online learning modules, and their teachers receive Teacher-in-Industry professional development so they can stay ahead of the curve in teaching real-world math applications in various industries, companies, and workplaces. This specialized training helps teachers develop problem- and project-based lessons for students.

Workshops for parents

GEAR UP focuses on preparing parents to help their child(ren) transition to postsecondary education. Workshops for parents are aimed at increasing exposure to, and knowledge about, postsecondary educational options, preparation, and financing.

Summer Learning Academy

GEAR UP Summer Learning Academy offers the chance for students from each district to take part in this math-intensive program, enjoy exercise sessions, team sports, wellness classes, field trips and campus visits.

View Cruisin' to College Summer Learning Academy for more learning opportunities.


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