Joan and Jared meet during Upward Bound Summer Program

Upward Bound Lighting the Way
Mar 21, 2023

Upward Bound is doing good things, not only for the students they serve, but for families and the High Country Community as a whole. 

Upward Bound
Family Design Night Photo Montage

Evolution of the STEM Based Family Design Nights
Mar 17, 2023

All systems go. T-minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, ignition 2, 1.

Christian Covington- Avery & Williams Acad Adviser

College Advising Reflection
Feb 10, 2023

Growing up homeschooled, I hadn’t thought much about college; I had always assumed I would go to school somewhere and probably major in history.

College Advising Corps
Rural Teacher Leadership Network (RTLN)
Participate Learning

GEAR UP & Participate Learning Join Partnership to Focus on Western NC Schools
Jan 17, 2023

A new partnership between GEAR UP and Participate Learning seeks to join forces with 10 western North Carolina school districts to help promote... GEAR UP

Baylee Smith

Behind the Scenes of First Generation
Jan 9, 2023

Growing up, I knew nothing about college. My mom and dad had me soon after they graduated high school.

College Advising Corps
Family Design Night

GEAR UP Hosts Out of This World Family Design Night
Dec 12, 2022

The GEAR UP Academic Innovation Team led by... GEAR UP

Swain County GEAR UP Students Tour App State

Swain County GEAR UP Fall College Tour
Nov 23, 2022

Earlier this month, 24 high school seniors from Swain County High School embarked on a statewide college tour led by... GEAR UP

Ashley Bingman, Adviser Mitchell HS

Creating Your Own Path
Nov 18, 2022

Coming from a family history of virtually no one having pursued postsecondary education, I felt a desire to get a headstart on my college career... College Advising Corps

Adviser, Peyton Johnson

Mental Health and College Access
Nov 11, 2022

During my undergraduate degree, I studied psychology.

College Advising Corps
GEAR UP Family Design Night

October Family Design Night
Nov 4, 2022

Nearly 100 families from Ashe, Burke, Swain, Wilkes, and Yancey County participated in a recent GEAR UP Family Design Night. 


EPFP GEAR UP Cohort 2022-23
Oct 26, 2022

The Educational Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a national program coordinated by the... GEAR UP