GEAR UP Kentucky

Featuring Marion County School District


Every student prepared for postsecondary success.


The mission of GEAR UP Kentucky is to increase the number of students in low-income Kentucky communities who are ready to successfully transition to and through postsecondary education. We do this by providing services and support to prepare the whole student, and equipping their families, institutions, and communities to promote and sustain student success.

College App Week

Throughout the week of November 8-12, Marion County High School celebrated College Application Week. 

To get the entire school involved, each KnightWay (homeroom) class was invited to participate in a Door Decoration Contest. A panel of guidance counselors and board of education employees voted on the top five doors, one of which is seen above. 

Additionally, school staff were asked to wear college gear throughout the week and were given an "Ask Me About College" certificate (featuring the colleges they attended) to hang outside their door.

Making Future Plans

On September 14, an outdoor College & Career Fair was hosted at Marion County High School (see large banner photo above). During this event, students had the opportunity to connect with college and workforce representatives.

During College Application Week, for the first time since the 2019-20 school year, MCHS students had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with admissions counselors (from BCTC, Campbellsville, ECTC, EKU, UK, UofL, WKU) inside the school building. 

Above, Campbellsville University's Natalie Hughes speaks with a prospective Campbellsville student.