Nevada's State GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded, competitive grant that is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Students are identified to participate in GEAR UP during their 6th grade year and take part in GEAR UP activities that continue through high school and into college. The state grant currently serves 5 schools and over 10,800 students throughout the state.

Nevada GEAR UP’s Vision:
We envision a Nevada where all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, attain the postsecondary training and education needed to lead rewarding, productive lives.

GEAR UP’s Mission:
Nevada GEAR UP’s Mission is to help all GEAR UP students graduate high school and transition smoothly to college by collaborating with higher education institutions in providing students with the necessary supports and information to ensure they are knowledgeable and prepared.

Nevada GEAR UP’s Goals:

  • Significantly increase the rate of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education for Nevada GEAR UP Students.
  • Significantly increase the number of Nevada GEAR UP students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
  • Increase Nevada GEAR UP student’s and families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.

    Nevada GEAR UP Partners

     Clark County School District 

    Bonanza High School

    Clark High School

    Durango High School

      Nye County School District

      Pahrump Valley High School

        Mineral County School District

        Mineral County High School

          Nevada System of Higher Education

          College of Southern Nevada

          Desert Research Institute

          Great Basin College

          Nevada State College

          Truckee Meadows Community College

          University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

          University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)

          Western Nevada College



            Nevada GEAR UP Education Programs Professional: Javier Smith,

            Nevada GEAR UP Education Programs Professional:
             Arian Katsimbras

            Nevada GEAR UP Education Programs Professional: Vacant

            Nevada GEAR UP Program Officer:
            Clare Cerda,

            Nevada GEAR UP Administrative Assistant: Josh Loftis 


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