Program Overview: What is West Virginia GEAR UP
Frequently Asked Questions
The program stresses the importance of earning a two or four-year degree after high school, and provides students with resources to help them obtain those degrees. Eleventh and 12th grade students can participate in college tours, college entrance exam and financial aid workshops, and earn $200 or more for college expenses.
The class of 2014 will get even more help from WV GEAR UP. The program’s ultimate goal is to build a sustainable education program that can be implemented statewide. This year’s eighth graders will act as a study group, used to determine what services are effective at increasing high school and college graduation rates.
Students in that class will receive GEAR UP services every year, from now through their graduation. The WV GEAR UP grant will also fund technology for every grade level the class enters, which will provide additional learning tools for students following the class of 2014.
WV GEAR UP will serve more than 13,000 students in Boone, Clay, Lincoln, McDowell, Mingo, Roane, Summers, Webster, Wirt and Wyoming counties from 2008 through 2014.
The West Virginia GEAR UP program is coordinated by the Division of Student Success and P-20 Initiatives within the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. The Division also coordinates the College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV), College Goal Sunday West Virginia, and some outreach services for adult learners. The Commission is the coordinating body for the state’s four-year public colleges and universities, and is responsible for developing, establishing and overseeing the implementation of a public policy agenda for the institutions.
Academic Performance and Rigorous PreparationWest Virginia GEAR UP aims to significantly increase both the academic performance and the rigorous preparation of students for participation in postsecondary education.
Enrollment and Success in Postsecondary EducationWest Virginia GEAR UP works to increase the number of high-poverty, at-risk students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
High School Graduation and BeyondWest Virginia GEAR UP aims to significantly increase the rate of high school graduation and participation of GEAR UP students in postsecondary education.
Family SupportWest Virginia GEAR UP works with students' families to significantly increase GEAR UP students'/families' knowledge of postsecondary educational institutions, admissions requirements, and financial aid.
Effective CollaborationWest Virginia GEAR UP staff and coordinating bodies work to ensure the effective efficient and most appropriate use of resources through intentional collaboration with identified partners that are committed to GEAR UP goals.
What is West Virginia GEAR UP?West Virginia GEAR UP is a federally funded, six-year program aimed at Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate programs. The program helps students plan, apply and pay for training beyond high school.
What does GEAR UP provide?West Virginia GEAR UP will provide:
Tutoring (class of 2014)
Mentoring (class of 2014)
College Visits/Field Trips
Financial Aid Workshops
Educational Tools and Technology (class of 2014)
Test Preparation/Study Skills Workshops
Parent and Community Activities
Awards and Recognition Events
Financial incentive awards for college