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West Virginia GEAR UP

West Virginia GEAR UP is a federally funded program that helps students in ten counties prepare to succeed in education and training beyond high school. “GEAR UP” stands for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs,” and the program’s goal is to help more students pursue their dreams of earning a college diploma or skillset certificate.

The program stresses the importance of earning a two or four-year degree after high school, and provides students with resources to help them obtain those degrees. The program’s ultimate goal is to build a sustainable education program that can be implemented statewide.

West Virginia GEAR UP is managed by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission), in collaboration with the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, the West Virginia Department of Education and many other community partners. The Commission also coordinates the College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) and some outreach services for adult learners. The Commission is the coordinating body for the state’s four-year public colleges and universities, and is responsible for developing, establishing and overseeing the implementation of a public policy agenda for the institutions.

FAQs

What is West Virginia GEAR UP?

West Virginia GEAR UP is a federally funded, seven-year program aimed at “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate programs.” The program helps students plan, apply and pay for training beyond high school.

What does GEAR UP do?

GEAR UP provides many free activities and services to help students and their families plan, apply and pay for education and training beyond high school. Examples include:

  • college campus visits and tours
  • tutoring
  • credit recovery classes
  • ACT/SAT test preparation workshops
  • academic day camps and workshops
  • financial aid workshops
  • college prep summer academies
  • college exploration and preparation workshops
  • career academies
  • leadership academies

Additionally, GEAR UP is a key partner in offering statewide activities and resources, including:

Finally, GEAR UP also provides training and resources to counselors and educators to help further develop a supportive college-going culture in schools and communities.

Where is GEAR UP available?

Schools participating in West Virginia GEAR UP’s 2014-2021 grant program are listed below. To view a list of schools currently being served through West Virginia GEAR UP’s previous (2008-2015) grant, click here.

Boone County:

  • Scott High School (2016-2021 serving, class of 2020)
  • Sherman High School (2016-2021, serving class of 2020)
  • Van Junior/Senior High School (2014-2021)

Mason County: 

  • Hannan Junior/Senior High School (2014-2021)
  • Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School (2014-2021)
  • Wahama Junior/Senior High School (2014-2021)

Mingo County: 

  • Mingo Central Comprehensive High School (2014-2021)
  • Tug Valley High School (2014-2021)

Summers County:

  • Summers High School (2014-2021)

Wirt County: 

  • Wirt County High School (2014-2021)

Fayette County: 

  • Meadow Bridge High School (2014-2021)
  • Midland Trail High School (2014-2021)
  • Oak Hill High School (2014-2021)
  • Valley High School (2014-2021)

Mercer County: 

  • Bluefield High School (2014-2021)
  • Montcalm High School (2014-2021)
  • Pikeview High School (2016-2021, serving class of 2020)
  • Princeton Senior High School (2016-2021, serving class of 2020)

Nicholas County: 

  • Nicholas County High School (2014-2021)
  • Richwood High School (2014-2021)

Webster County: 

  • Webster County High School (2014-2021)

Wyoming County: 

  • Westside High School (2014-2021)
  • Wyoming County East High School (2016-2021, serving class of 2020)
Goals of the Program

Academic Performance and Rigorous Preparation

West Virginia GEAR UP aims to significantly increase both the academic performance and the rigorous preparation of students for participation in postsecondary education.

Enrollment and Success in Postsecondary Education

West Virginia GEAR UP works to increase the number of high-poverty, at-risk students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

High School Graduation and Beyond

West Virginia GEAR UP aims to significantly increase the rate of high school graduation and participation of GEAR UP students in postsecondary education.

Family Support

West Virginia GEAR UP works with students' families to significantly increase GEAR UP students'/families' knowledge of postsecondary educational institutions, admissions requirements, and financial aid.

Effective Collaboration

West Virginia GEAR UP staff and coordinating bodies work to ensure the effective efficient and most appropriate use of resources through intentional collaboration with identified partners that are committed to GEAR UP goals.

Policy Commission Student Affairs and P-20 Initiatives

Staff

 

Elizabeth Manuel

Elizabeth Manuel, Interim Director of Student Services

304-896-7452
304-558-0655 ext. 284
Elizabeth.Manuel@wvhepc.edu
   
Brandon Hughes

Brandon Hughes, Coordinator of Technology and Digital Outreach

304-558-0655 ext. 201
Brandon.Hughes@wvhepc.edu
JR Luyster

Jason (JR) Luyster, College Access and Success Program Director

304-558-0655 ext. 323
Jason.Luyster@wvhepc.edu
Heather McChesney

Heather McChesney, Coordinator of Curriculum and Professional Development

304-558-0655 ext. 264
Heather.McChesney@wvhepc.edu
Autumn Perry

Autumn Perry, College Access and Success Program Director

304-249-8083
Autumn.Perry@wvhepc.edu
West Virginia GEAR UP Schools

Boone County:

  • Scott High School (2016-2021 serving, class of 2020)
  • Sherman High School (2016-2021, serving class of 2020)
  • Van Junior/Senior High School (2014-2021)

Mason County: 

  • Hannan Junior/Senior High School (2014-2021)
  • Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School (2014-2021)
  • Wahama Junior/Senior High School (2014-2021)

Mingo County: 

  • Mingo Central Comprehensive High School (2014-2021)
  • Tug Valley High School (2014-2021)

Summers County:

  • Summers High School (2014-2021)

Wirt County: 

  • Wirt County High School (2014-2021)

Fayette County: 

  • Meadow Bridge High School (2014-2021)
  • Midland Trail High School (2014-2021)
  • Oak Hill High School (2014-2021)
  • Valley High School (2014-2021)

Mercer County: 

  • Bluefield High School (2014-2021)
  • Montcalm High School (2014-2021)
  • Pikeview High School (2016-2021, serving class of 2020)
  • Princeton Senior High School (2016-2021, serving class of 2020)

Nicholas County: 

  • Nicholas County High School (2014-2021)
  • Richwood High School (2014-2021)

Webster County: 

  • Webster County High School (2014-2021)

Wyoming County: 

  • Westside High School (2014-2021)
  • Wyoming County East High School (2016-2021, serving class of 2020)

Contact Information:

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
Division of Student Success and P-20 Initiatives

1018 Kanawha Boulevard East, Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 558-0655 | (304) 558-0658 fax

Contact us at (304) 558-0655 or gearupinfo@hepc.wvnet.edu

www.wvgearup.org
www.cfwv.com