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GEAR UP Award Winners

The GEAR UP NC State Office team is excited to recognize our February 2014 GEAR UP award winners and thank them for their contributions to our GEAR UP efforts across the state! Don't miss our detailed list of this month’s winners and their many accomplishments.

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH (tie): Brandon Bumpass (Person County) and Megan Dust (Yancey County)

FAMILY MEMBER OF THE MONTH: Michael Smith (Person County)

EDUCATORS OF THE MONTH (tie): Tanya Turner (Edenton-Chowan) and Frances Herring (Lenoir County)

COMMUNITY PARTNERS OF THE MONTH (tie): Landdis Hollifield & The McDowell News (McDowell County) and Mary Evans & WEWO 1460 (Scotland County)

GEAR UP in the News!

Warren County: Selected for a College Readiness Program
Person County: College Fair at Person High School

GEAR UP NC Outpaces the State

GEAR UP North Carolina outpaced the state in increasing high school graduation rates at target high schools between 2005 and 2012 with a 12.1 percentage point increase for GEAR UP North Carolina target schools, compared to a 11.5 percentage point increase for all public high schools in North Carolina. Most notable is that GEAR UP North Carolina works with qualifying schools that are considered low-income, where the average free-and-reduced lunch rate for target GEAR UP North Carolina high schools is 56.6%, compared to the state average of 45.2%. GEAR UP North Carolina serves the entire cohort of students and their families in qualifying low-income schools by providing early awareness of college information and academic readiness services with the goal of increasing the number of students who enroll and succeed in postsecondary education.To achieve this goal, GEAR UP North Carolina strives to increase the high school graduation rate, among several other objectives. 
Increasing High School Graduation Rates