GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded
college access program designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed
in post-secondary education immediately after high school.
Wilkes County Schools is one of eleven school districts working in partnership with Appalachian State University
to provide college preparation activities to approximately 15,000 middle and high school students and parents
in western North Carolina.
In the 2017-2018 school year, students in grades 7 through 10 will be served by the GEAR UP grant. The grant
provides opportunities for students to visit college campuses, explore career opportunities, strengthen their
academic and non-cognitive skills, learn about securing financial aid and scholarship assistance to pay for
college, and develop their own pathways for their future lives after high school.
Wilkes County has two full-time GEAR UP Coordinators who serve the eight middle and high schools
in the grant.
Jody Freeman serves:
North Wilkes Middle & North Wilkes High
West Wilkes Middle & West Wilkes High
Tathel Miller serves:
East Wilkes Middle & East Wilkes High
Central Wilkes Middle & Wilkes Central High
To visit the Appalachian State GEAR UP website, please click here.
Monthly Career Focus
Each month, we will feature a list of careers that students, parents, and teachers may want to explore.
The careers will be linked to monthly awareness events that occur during the month.
Check out these careers featured last year by clicking on the months listed below:
Have a suggestion for an upcoming month, please be sure to email Tathel Miller.
Gear Up College Tips
As we develop information briefs for you to use in your college and career journey, we will post them here.
For more information about any of these information briefs, please contact the Gear Up Coordinator or your school counselor.
Great website with videos on all aspects of college admission for students & parents: Say Yes Video Guide to College
Gear Up Happenings
To view some of the recent activities in our schools, check out the newsletters provided below: