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GEAR UP at EMU Gear_Up

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a competitive grant program of the U.S. Department of Education that increases the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post secondary education.  The program serves at least one grade level of students, beginning no later than the 7th grade, following them through high school graduation and their first year in college.  GEAR UP provides critical early college awareness and support activities like tutoring, mentoring, academic preparation, financial education and college scholarships to improve access to higher education for low income, minority and disadvantaged first-generation students and their families.  GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.

The GEAR UP EMU Execution:

Eastern Michigan University has devised a GEAR UP program that melds stipulations of our grant with success training curriculum. The result is a GEAR UP Life Class where we endeavor to mold the student learner and the student citizen for success. Some of our methods include:

  • Post Secondary Planning (College, Military, Workforce, Entrepreneurship)
  • Life Strategies
  • Career Mapping
  • Test Preparation
  • STEM Training
  • Effective Learning Techniques
  • Dignity, Integrity, Excellence (Self Discipline Model)
  • Social Development
  • Core Curriculum Intelligence (Reading, Writing, & Math)
  • Extreme Reality Exposure (The Real World, Need vs. Wants, Decision Making)

GEAR UP EMU offers an enrichment agenda for our professional partners and parents as well. Those initiatives include:

  • Professional Development (National Workshops, Seminars, Invitations to Symposiums, and Conferences)
  • Financial Planning Workshops and additional topics for Parent Education

GEAR UP is part of Academic Success Partnerships (within Academic and Student Affairs), 301 Pierce Hall, 734.487.8413