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GEAR UP Programs: College Awareness and Guidance

The goal of the College Awareness and Guidance component is to create and sustain a college-going culture for all students. Gear Up Santa Ana offers:

  • Professional Development
  • Program Launch
  • Homeroom for College
  • University Campus Tour
  • College Fair
  • Career Day
  • Higher Education Center
  • Summer Residential Program

Professional Development: Includes Counselor-to-Counselor Dialogue, In-service for Homeroom for College presenters, UC and CSU Counselor Conferences, State Financial Aid Workshops, and more!

Program Launch: At the beginning of the school year, a kick-off day is launched for 7th and 8th grade students to mark the beginning of the school year and signal the significance of the change anticipated as a result of implementing the GEAR UP program at the GEAR UP schools.

Homeroom for College: The Homeroom for College program is built into the school day for every GEAR UP student in the 7th and 8th grade on a once a month basis..

University Campus Tour: Students and parents are exposed to college campuses so they can experience actual campus life and come to the realization that some day they too can be there.