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 Gear Up logoGaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a competitive federal program that provides six- and seven-year grants to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.   

GEAR UP’s vision is that all students are academically, socially, and financially prepared to enter and complete the postsecondary program or institution of their choice.  

We believe that young people who start planning in middle school have a better chance of entering college and completing their degrees.   

GEAR UP’s three objectives are:  

  1. Increase academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education.  
  2. Increase high school graduation and postsecondary participation rates.  
  3. Increase students’ and their families’ knowledge of postsecondary options, preparation, and finances.   



  • Programs / Activities
  • Schools Served
  • Contact Information
  • Request WCC Program / Visit
  • Resources

Programs / Activities

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 Schools Served

 Wilkes GEAR UP 

Ashe GEAR UP http://ashegearup.wix.com/ashegu  

  • Ashe County Schools http://www.ashe.k12.nc.us/ 
  • Blue Ridge Elementary 
  • Mountain View Elementary 
  • Westwood Elementary 
  • Ashe County Middle 

Alleghany GEAR UP  



Contact Information

Gardner Rebekah K 

Gardner, Rebekah  K 

GEAR UP Coordinator 


Phone:  (336) 838-6492 

Email: Rebekah.Gardner@wilkescc.edu 


Request WCC Program / Visit

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 Preparing for College: