The GEAR UP Maine grant’s primary goal is to provide opportunities for students to begin exploring career interests and linking these career goals with their academic planning. We are excited for this opportunity to work with parents, teachers, students, and community partners to increase the number of high school graduates in MSAD#27, while also supporting students as they enroll in post-secondary training and educational opportunities.
The GEAR UP Maine program identifies and assists students and families from economically disadvantaged backgrounds starting in grade seven to aspire to, prepare for, enroll in, and successfully complete a post secondary education. GEAR UP Maine is led by Syntiro with support from the University of Maine at Farmington and partner organizations serving 63 schools and 6000-7000 students in Northern, Central, Western and Down East Maine each year. GEAR UP Maine is funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education from 2014 to 2021.
GEAR UP Maine Goal and Objectives
The goal of GEAR UP is to prepare students who are economically disadvantaged for postsecondary education by:
Increasing academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education
Increasing the rate of high school graduation
Increasing students’ and parents’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation and financing