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 2018-2019 school year, students in grades 8 through 11 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
Kathryn Wright serves:
East Wilkes Middle & East Wilkes High
Central Wilkes Middle & Wilkes Central High