GEAR UP Award Winners
The GEAR UP NC State Office team is excited to recognize our November 2013 GEAR UP award winners and thank them for their contributions to our GEAR UP efforts across the state! For a detailed list of this month’s winners and their many accomplishments, please click here.
STUDENTS OF THE MONTH (tie): Darlisha White (Edenton-Chowan) and Yasir Jones (Pamlico County)
FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE MONTH (tie): Patricia Mebane (Alamance-Burlington) and Kristie Harris (Warren County)
EDUCATORS OF THE MONTH (tie): Jennifer Hollingsworth (Lenoir County) and David Caccavaro (Pamlico County)
COMMUNITY PARTNERS OF THE MONTH (tie): Pamela Della Valle (McDowell County) and Winkie Wilkins of the North Carolina General Assembly (Person 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. Click here for a PDF.