Michigan GEAR UP
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal grant program aimed at preparing low-income students for success in post-secondary education.
In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the State of Michigan’s King-Chávez-Parks (KCP) Initiative another 7-year grant (KCP’s third award of this type), allowing for the continuation of Michigan GEAR UP. Michigan GEAR UP is the largest college access program in the state, and one of the largest in the nation.
Our mission, and 39-year history of partnering with universities and organizations to provide students with high-quality STEM programming, makes serving as a MI GEAR UP partner a natural fit.
We develop educational modules and workshops tailored to meet the needs of MI GEAR UP students; adding to the pool of resources that the 11,000-strong cohort may access.
How it Works
Michigan GEAR UP partners with 15 public universities, as well as with community organizations like DAPCEP, to provide early intervention services to a cohort of 11,000 students from eligible high schools.
This cohort of 11,000 students began the program as 7th graders during the 2011-2012 school year. They are entering 11th grade in 2015. These students will attend their first year of post-secondary education during 2017-2018, signifying the completion of the 7-year grant cycle.