Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a competitive federal program that provides six- and seven-year grants to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

GEAR UP’s vision is that all students are academically, socially, and financially prepared to enter and complete the postsecondary program or institution of their choice.

We believe that young people who start planning in middle school have a better chance of entering college and completing their degrees.

GEAR UP’s three objectives are:

  1. Increase academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education.
  2. Increase high school graduation and postsecondary participation rates.
  3. Increase students’ and their families’ knowledge of postsecondary options, preparation, and finances.

Contact Information

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Rebekah Gardner, MA
Director of College Access
Phone: 336-838-6492

Program Information

  • Out of school day programs
  • WCC campus tours
  • Collaboration with local schools to provide WCC instructors for programs