What is GEAR UP? (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)
The Ferris State University GEAR UP/College Day Program targets Baldwin Community
Schools, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Morley-Stanwood Public Schools, Muskegon Public
Schools and Muskegon Heights Public Schools to offer students the academic skills,
information and encouragement they need to not only graduate from high school, but
apply and attend an institution of higher education. We begin working with these students
in their 7th grade year and follow them through high school graduation. Through this
program's goals, our students will not only succeed in and outside the classroom,
but will gain the skills necessary to be a graduate from an institution of higher
education. GEAR UP is funded nationally by the U.S. Department of Education, by the
State of Michigan's Department of Labor and Economic Growth, and locally by its project
partners. GEAR UP facilitates student tutoring and mentoring, offers workshops for
college preparation and financial aid, and assists schools and teachers to better
prepare students for college studies.
Financial Preparation: GEAR UP helps students and their parents to apply for tuition assistance and compete
for valuable scholarships. GEAR UP offers campus trips to all publicly funded higher
education institutions including: Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University,
Central Michigan University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, etc.
Students will participate in ceremonies for academic achievement, summer workshops
and camps which focus on making students educational goals attainable.
Academic Readiness: GEAR UP helps students strengthen their knowledge for college level courses by providing
academic advising, mentoring, and hands-on experience with college professors. Additionally,
students will be prepared for college entrance exams; and, the GEAR UP/College Day
team will provide opportunities for enhanced teacher trainings at our GEAR UP sites.