The week of September 19-23, 2016 commemorates the continuing success of GEAR UP, a college access program providing students and families the support and resources they need for college success. Since its inception in 1999, GEAR UP has improved educational outcomes for millions of low-income, minority and disadvantaged students across the United States, including twelfth grade students from the Albion, Detroit, Jackson, and Lansing communities who are currently served by the MSU MI GEAR UP program.
The MSU MI GEAR UP program celebrated National GEAR UP Week 2016 by hosting a program on the East Lawn of the state Capitol in downtown Lansing at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Some of the students from the MSU MI GEAR UP Program spoke at the event about how the program has changed their lives. Others who will spoke at this event included:
- Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr.
- Nathan Murphy, legislative assistant, office of Representative Andy Schor
- Keenan Wade, Michigan Talent Investment Agency
- Bryan Beverly, member, Lansing Board of Education
The MSU MI GEAR UP Program offers academic year activities to eligible students that include: Saturday Workshops focused on specific skill development in the areas of financial literacy and financial aid, as well as exposure to careers in science, technology, engineering and math; School Outreach to discuss MSU MI GEAR UP opportunities; Campus Visits with various departments across MSU’s campus and viewing university attractions such as the National Superconducting Cyclotron and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, as well as other college campuses in the area; Field Trips to historical places such as the Charles Wright Museum and the Underground Railroad station in Detroit; and the MSU MI GEAR UP Summer Program.
For more information about the MSU MI GEAR UP Program, please visit http://gearup.msu.edu. To learn more about the national GEAR UP program, please contact the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships at 202-530-1135 or www.edpartnerships.org.