The Secret to Getting Ahead, is Getting Started


September 26-30, 2022


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Get Ahead, Get Started

If you are a student, parent, guardian or educator, you can increase college and career readiness with GEAR UP CT, a federally-funded grant program that helps empower local communities to inspire students to think beyond what they see today.
GEAR UP CT provides the tools, resources and programs to help low-income students starting as early as 7th grade in East Hartford, Meriden and Waterbury increase their success in education.

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What is GEAR UP CT?

“The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)" initiative is one of the largest and most effective programs focused on increasing the college and career readiness of low-income students in communities nationwide. GEAR UP is a highly competitive grant program that helps empower local partnerships comprised of K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, state agencies, and community organizations to achieve three strategic goals.

These goals are:

  1. Increase postsecondary expectations and readiness of students.
  2. Improve high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment rates.
  3. Increase student and family knowledge of postsecondary options, preparation, and financial aid.

Services include but not limited to:

  • Tutoring / Mentoring
  • College Awareness / Virtual Tours
  • Testing Preparation
  • Summer Programming
  • Career Planning / Workshops
  • College Planning
  • Financial Aid Workshops

GEAR UP builds capacity within communities to ensure that underserved students have the opportunity, skills, and knowledge to successfully pursue the education and training that will enable them to achieve their career and life goals. Our committed GEAR UP teams along with partner colleges and school districts will work towards a future where all students are empowered and equipped with the education and training needed to succeed in a diverse and global society.

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Meriden GEAR UP is planning the following events for students, parents and the community where noted.

Meriden GEAR UP is planning the following events for students, parents and the community where noted.

  • Sophomore Success is an after-school workshop at Maloney High School being held on September 27th to help students in setting up for success in 10th grade. Students will work on organization and time management skills.

  • PSAT Bootcamp is an all-day district-wide event on Wednesday, September 28th. In addition to a boot camp to prepare students for the October PSAT. Directly following the boot camp, students will attend a session from the College Ready Play Book.

March 4, 2022
National GEAR UP WEEK!

National GEAR UP WEEK!

September 12, 2022
Upcoming  East Hartford Events

Upcoming East Hartford Events

  • Open House at EHHS, Wednesday, September 21 at 6pm
  • National GEAR UP Week, September 26-30
  • MasteryPrep Workshop “Why College”, Wednesday, September 28
  • GU Family & Student Engagement Dinner, EHHS, Thursday, September 29;6pm-7:30pm

August 30, 2022
Upcoming GEAR UP Waterbury Events

Upcoming GEAR UP Waterbury Events

Parent/Teacher Conference, Sept. 14 is virtual

August 30, 2022