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GEARUP Kentucky - Every student prepared for college success

GEARUP Kentucky

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

Our Mission

The mission of GEAR UP Kentucky 3.0, the state GEAR UP program, is to build a sustainable college-going culture in schools and help students understand how to prepare, apply and pay for college. GUK 3.0 provides things like academic advising, life skills training such as study skills and personal finance, summer enrichment academies at four state university campuses. College tours, career exploration, financial aid and the process of applying to college.

Our Vision

Every student prepared for college success through supporting students, parents, teachers, counselors and school leaders

Our Values

  • BELIEF that all students can be successful
  • ACCOUNTABILITY for the incremental progress and success of the GEAR UP project
  • PARTNERSHIP that fosters engagement, collaboration and teamwork inside and outside GUK
  • DATA-DRIVEN DECISION MAKING that uses data to inform all processes at every level
  • RESPECT for others that is accepting of differences, assumes positive intentions and the capacity to succeed
  • COMMUNICATION that is open, ongoing and proactive to connect and support all aspects of GUK

Student of the Year 2016 - Jessica Hardin

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Jessica Hardin, a junior at Owen County High School, was one of 25 students recognized in a ceremony in the State Capitol Sept. 20 as part of the first Kentucky GEAR UP Week Celebration. More than 100 students, parents and educators gathered in the Capitol Rotunda to recognize the GEAR UP Kentucky Students of the Year for their leadership among their peers, personal accomplishments and academic achievements.

GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs,  is a federally funded program designed to create a sustainable college-going culture and increase the number of students who stay in school and succeed in postsecondary education.

Hardin was named as Owen County High School 2015-16 GEAR UP Student of the Year in spring 2016. GEAR UP Students of the Year are identified by program staff as an emerging student leader in good academic standing with proven leadership among their peers and consistent participation in program and school activities. All nominated students submitted a video essay entitled “What GEAR UP Means to Me.”

Kentucky currently has four GEAR UP programs: the state grant administered by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and three GEAR UP partnership grants led by Berea College. Combined, these programs help more than 46,000 Kentucky students and families in 130 low-income middle and high schools understand how to plan, apply and pay for college.

Jessica Hardin is a junior and a member of the GRIT team at Owen County High School in Owenton. Active in her church youth group and a member of her school’s marching band, Jessica has completed the GEAR UP Summer Academy twice and is excited to become one of the first GEAR UP student ambassadors.

 Logo for Family-&-Community-Zone  - Family & Community Zone  - In the Family & Community Zone you will find college planning tools and tips. Materials are organized into three age-appropriate zones: Middle School Zone (grades 7– 8), High School Zone (grades 9-10), and College & Career Savvy Zone (grades 11-12).

Logo for Take-the-LEAD parent series  -  Earn a GEAR UP Local Education Advocate Diploma - Why follow when you can lead? You can take your involvement to another level and earn a GEAR UP Local Education Advocate Diploma. This program offers more in-depth information related to college and career readiness also organized into three age-appropriate zones. The online courses are made up of several 15-20 minute exercises that use video, surveys, and other learning tools. It is self-paced so that you can determine what and when you want to learn.

Logo for Gear up family buzz newsletter  -  GEAR UP Family Buzz email Newsletter - Get information to help support your student’s college and career dreams right in your inbox! The GEAR UP Family Buzz email newsletter is sent out every other month and highlights the free resources and tools available to help you help your student!

Marie Cobb - CCA

Owen County High School 502-484-4134

Maurice Bowling Middle School