Nevada State GEAR UP celebrates National GEAR UP Week

GEAR UP Success Night set for Sept. 21

From left to right: Rachel Wang, Gemma Beltran, Emily Crawford and Alexes Garrett at the Academic and Opportunity Support Programs graduation celebration this last spring.

GEAR UP students attend a scholarship night at the University of Nevada, Reno

The Nevada State GEAR UP Program in conjunction with the Nevada System of Higher Education and the GEAR UP Ambassador Program at the University of Nevada, Reno will participate in National GEAR UP Week 2017. The week celebrates the continuing success of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), a college access program providing students and families living in poverty the support and resources they need for college success.

Since its inception in 1999, GEAR UP has improved educational outcomes for millions of low-income, minority and disadvantaged students across the United States, including more than 5,000 students currently served by the Nevada State GEAR UP Program.  

Nevada State GEAR UP will celebrate National GEAR UP Week 2017 by hosting GEAR UP Success Night 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, at the University's Joe Crowley Student Union in the Milt Glick Ballroom. GEAR UP students will share their success stories, and attendees will enjoy a night of inspiration and light refreshments. The public is invited, but registration is required. Contact GEAR Up Ambassador Emily Crawford at 775-682-8943 or to register.  

    To date, Nevada State GEAR UP has served more than 8,000 students throughout the State of Nevada.  

    "With the support and guidance of a small collection of caring adults, including my high school GEAR UP coordinator, I was able to overcome my uncertainties and successfully make it to where I am now: a dutiful student, researcher, future engineer, community volunteer and young leader," University alumna and previous GEAR UP student Alexes Garrett said.  

    National GEAR UP Week is a time to celebrate these accomplishments in the community. Through the GEAR UP college readiness services and the people who provide these services, students have great opportunities to attend and succeed in college. GEAR UP Success Night is a well-deserved opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the students who participate in GEAR UP.  

    The Nevada State GEAR UP Program goals include: 1) academic preparation: Increase academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education; 2) graduation and college: Increase high school graduation rate and participation in postsecondary education; 3) knowledge: Increase student and parent/family knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing; and 4) college-going culture: Create a college-going culture in GEAR UP schools to ensure all students have the opportunity, support, guidance, and information to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to apply for and succeed in postsecondary education.  

    For more information about the Nevada State GEAR UP Program, contact State Director Tammy Bolen at 775-687-9243 or To learn more about the national GEAR UP program, contact the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships at 202-530-1135 or

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