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Overview of GEAR UP at Central Washington University

Central Washington University GEAR UP serves students in Brewster, Easton, Hanford, Highland, Chelan, Manson, Omak, Oroville, Quincy, Tonasket, and Wenatchee school districts. 

Our two-grade cohort model comprises a student body smaller than many urban high schools but it represents a vast, rural and isolated area in north central Washington. The program provides services in each middle and high school building for seven years to build a sustainable culture of college-awareness and preparation by the project's end.

Current and Past GEAR UP Projects

Success and Opportunities through Affordability, Relevance, and Rigor (SOAR2) (funded from 2014 to 2021)

SOAR2 helps 3,242 students mostly in north central Washington. The core of this project is to ensure that low-income students have the rigor in the classroom to be college ready, are prepared to succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers, and for students and parents to comprehend the affordability of college.

Moving our Students Academically into College and Careers (MOSAIC2) (funded from 2011 to 2018)

MOSAIC2 was a 7-year STEM focused project and helped 2,300 students. In the 2011 school year, GEAR UP was available to all 6th and 7th grade students in the 11 school districts served by Central Washington University. The project provided services to students in this cohort through the 2018 school year. 

Okanogan Valley Project (funded from 2005 to 2011)

A GEAR UP program designed to serve school districts in and around Okanogan County in North Central Washington.

Central Washington University GEAR UP (2002 to 2008)

Shortly after the first GEAR UP grants were awarded in 1999, the university acquired its inaugural grant in 2002.    

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