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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.


Santa Ana College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at: