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Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) GEAR UP is designed to increase the number of low-income students who graduate from high school, and prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education.

GEAR UP is currently offered in Watsonville/Pajaro Valley, Monterey Peninsula, and South Monterey County.

GEAR UP Services Include

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  • Tutoring
  • Intersession/summer credit recovery academies
  • Homework centers
  • College/educational field trips
  • Academic advising
  • Workshops
  • Financial aid information
  • Cultural enrichment programs

GEAR UP is Effective!

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Serves all students at designated schools in specific grades from as early as sixth grade through students’ first year of college. No application is needed to receive services

Provides school-based, rigorous, academic preparation and support for students and families to help them navigate the college-going pathway

Increases student academic performance and preparation for college, including student and family college awareness

Creates a college-going culture within the broader school community

GEAR UP is a federally funded, discretionary grant program. EPC’s GEAR UP program has been awarded nine multi-year grants since 1999

Learn more about GEAR UP

GEAR UP Partner Summit Video

GEAR UP Contact Information

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South Monterey County

Felicia Nance

831-345-2817
fnance@ucsc.edu

Pajaro Valley

Sofia Antuna

831-212-1563
sdz@ucsc.edu

Monterey Peninsula

Chris Mutshnick

831-234-1820
cmutshni@ucsc.edu

South Zone Direct Services Director

Yesenia Cervantes-Tucker

831-459-1831
yeseniac@ucsc.edu

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