GEAR UP - Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
The KCP College Day Program was originally created by the Michigan State legislature in 1986 as part of the larger King/Chavez/Parks Initiative to increase the enrollment of minority and other students traditionally underrepresented in post-secondary education. In 2006-07 the state program was merged with the federally funded (U.S. Department of Education) Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). The program was initiated with the recruitment of the entire 7th grade class at Beecher Community Schools and the college readiness services are provided to the class as a cohort. The merged GEAR UP/College Day Program will continue to follow that class as a cohort through its graduation from high school. Throughout the summer and academic year the program provides a comprehensive series of workshops and enrichment activities working with the students and their parents. Upon graduation, a select percentage of the graduating program participants will be eligible for limited scholarships provided by the federal grant fund established for that purpose.