GEAR UP Kentucky (GUK) works with students in 21 counties to help them understand how to prepare, apply, and pay for college. GEAR UP provides direct services for students and their families including academic advising, life skills training (such as study skills and personal finance), summer enrichment programs, e-Mentoring, career exploration, college tours, and help understanding the process for applying for college and financial aid.
GEAR UP Kentucky’s five primary services for students and parents to support college readiness and success include:
Our 20 to 25-hour course to help middle school students gain learning and self management skills and explore college and career options; includes financial literacy training at every grade level. The GEAR UP-2-Learn Home Edition is a research-based family-focused curricula that connects and supports the student curricula and outlines simple follow-up activities that can be done at home.
Technical assistance and coaching to help schools implement a school-wide advising and monitoring system. The advising system includes an early warning tool to identify at-risk students and match them with targeted interventions. Students receive personalized advising sessions and ongoing monitoring and coaching.
Our 25-hour per year curricula comprised of individual, small group and whole cohort activities designed to help high school students gain college readiness skills and assist them with the college and financial aid application process; includes financial literacy training each year. The GEAR UP-2-College & Career Home Edition is a parallel take-home curricula that connects parents/guardians to what their students are learning and outlines simple follow-up activities for outside the classroom.
GEAR UP-2-Campus is a set of campus experience offered to students and families throughout their time in the program and includes the GEAR UP Kentucky Summer Academy, a three-week residential program on a Kentucky college campus.
GUK’s e-Mentoring program, know as uMentor, matches high school students with online mentors to build a supportive relationship through the completion of a college readiness and planning curriculum.