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.