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Northwest College celebrates National GEAR UP Week Sept. 23-29

Posted September 21, 2018
By NWC News Desk

The Northwest College GEAR UP program is preparing for its participation in National GEAR UP Week 2018, which is set to take place Sept. 23-29.

This week commemorates the continuing success of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), a college access program that provides students and families with support and resources needed for college success. Since its inception in 1999, GEAR UP has improved educational outcomes for millions of students across the U.S.

Currently, NWC GEAR UP serves 267 students ranging from seventh grade to college freshmen across the Big Horn Basin. To date, Northwest College GEAR UP has assisted 1,016 students and more than 950 parents.

“We celebrate National GEAR UP week to recognize our students’ accomplishments and aspirations,” said NWC GEAR UP Coordinator Rebecca Moncur. “These achievements include our students’ stellar ASPIRE and ACT test scores; 78 percent of our high school seniors enrolled in college by the fall term, compared to the state rate of 48 percent; low dropout rates; and many of our senior students are awarded regional and national scholarships such as the Daniels Fund, UW Trustees’ Pride and Horatio Alger.”

NWC GEAR UP offers ACT workshops, college visits and summer-enrichment programs. Families are invited to participate in social and educational programs on campus at no cost. GEAR UP is a family program designed to prepare students for college success.

Eligibility for GEAR UP is income based. For more information, visit https://nwc.edu/gearup/, or contact Moncur at 307-754-7822, or NWC GEAR UP Specialist Callee Erickson at 307-754-7823. To learn more about the national GEAR UP program, contact the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships at 202-530-1135 or visit www.edpartnerships.org.