California Celebrates National GEAR UP Day2010 | Admin | October 14, 2010 at 12:45 pm
On September 30, 2010 California GEAR UP celebrated the Second Annual National GEAR UP Day, commemorating 11 years of success for the program. GEAR UP was enacted as part of the 1998 Higher Education Act to give more low-income students the skills, encouragement, and preparation to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. In the last ten years, GEAR UP distributed more than $3 billion to nearly 12 million students across the country and Califorina GEAR UP and the 68 partnership projects have impacted over 1/3 of the 1200 middle schools in California, with the State grant serving over 236,000 students in 260 schools in 106 school districts in 25 counties since 1999. Valley High School celebrated with a Business and Community Leader Breakfast and the 54 California GEAR UP Middle Schools across the state hosted college dream walls, college door decorating contests, and classroom discussions on academic planning and college preparedness.