Community Partners

GEAR UP partners with local organizations to provide opportunities to students involved in the program.

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Higher Education Partners

Research shows that exposure to higher education opportunities at a young age can have an impact on a student's aspirations to attend postsecondary education. Appalachian GEAR UP is committed to working with postsecondary institutions that are located in our western North Carolina service area to provide a wide range of experiences to students as early as 6th grade. Our higher education partners include:

Appalachian State University

Supporting local school districts through on and off campus programming support focused around the college experience and application process.

University of North Carolina Asheville 

Supporting local school districts through exposure to a liberal arts campus and building awareness of the college application process.

Isothermal Community College

Offering exposure to local community college opportunities as early as middle school.

Wilkes Community College

Supporting local school districts through campus visits, summer programs, and 1-on-1 student support.