GEAR UP grant assists TMCC early college awareness & readiness program
TMCC has been awarded $61,020 to assist the Nevada State GEAR UP Program, which was designed to significantly increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. TMCC will be assisting the Nevada Department of Education with the state-wide goals of the "Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs", including increasing the rate of graduation from secondary school and participation in postsecondary education, and increasing student and family knowledge of postsecondary options at target GEAR UP schools.
The grant money will support TMCC's GEAR UP Ambassador position, who will target their efforts on GEAR UP middle and high schools, currently identified as Traner Middle School, Vaughn Middle School, Hug High School, and Wooster High School. TMCC staff and faculty, specifically TMCC Access, Outreach and Recruitment Program Director Patty Avila-Porter, will coordinate with other GEAR UP Ambassadors at UNR and Student Parent Involvement Facilitators at targeted middle and high schools to plan and implement activities to meet the goals identified above. Anticipated activities will include the creation of a “College Corner”, where students and their families can go to find information on how to prepare for college; financial aid nights at which students and their families will receive tip and tools on how to financially plan for college; and visits to local college campuses, in conjunction with already scheduled college events whenever possible, to help inspire and motivate students to continue their education.
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