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Christina Rodriguez Phone Icon 969-6700 ext. 289 Email Icon Email
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The primary goal of the GEAR UP: Ready, Set, College! Partnership is to increase the number of targeted students who enter and succeed in postsecondary environments. This goal is supported by a plan that encompasses academic systemic reform. Feel free to stop by the counseling department and request to speak with Ms. Rodriguez or Mrs. Cantu for further information.
GEAR UP: Ready, Set, College! is organized into five program objectives. These objectives are then supported by delineated activities and initiatives.

¨Objective 1: Increase the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education for GEAR UP students.

¨Objective 2: Increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary education for GEAR UP students through a systemic transformation of continuous improvement.

¨Objective 3: Increase GEAR UP students’ and their families’ knowledge and awareness of postsecondary education, financing options and preparation.
¨ Objective 4: Increase GEAR UP students' access to advanced academic programs, technology applications and distance learning networks through a STEM initiative.
¨ Objective 5: Increase the leadership capacity of administrators and community stakeholders to sustain a college awareness organizational structure of continuous learning.


Region One ESC GEAR UP: Bridges to the Future has partnered with local ABC affiliate, NEWSCHANNEL 5 and anchorwoman Letty Garza, to create greater awareness of college preparation and educational opportunities available to students, parents, and educators across the Rio Grande Valley. Public service announcements and news stories featured on NEWSCHANNEL 5's Education Beat are created, produced, and broadcast for Region One ESC GEAR UP free of charge and are done as a service to the people of the Valley. Letty Garza continues as the official spokesperson for Region One ESC GEAR UP since 2009.