Several Collaboratives in Senate District 26 to Receive GEAR Grants to Help Students Receive a College Education

(NASHVILLE, TN), October 24, 2012 – Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) said today four County Collaboratives in Senate District 26 will receive grants to help students “GEAR UP” for success in college.  The federal Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness (GEAR) grant comes from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and is designed to help students receive a post-secondary education.  It provides students with direct services, including mentoring, tutoring, college visits, and financial aid counseling.

“I am very pleased these collaboratives in our Senate District were chosen for this post-secondary grant program,” said Senator Gresham.  “This will help us in our efforts to give our students more opportunities to receive a college education.  It also dovetails with our Complete College Tennessee goals to graduate more students from post-secondary schools.  This will not only give students the skills they need to receive higher paying jobs, but is also a powerful economic development tool to bring new jobs to our communities.”

The collaboratives are in the following counties:
• Hardeman County / $819,000
• Haywood County / $648,375
• McNairy County / $775,775
• Wayne County / $494,325

Each GEAR UP TN Collaborative includes at least one priority high school, one middle school, a higher education institution, the local board of education, and at least two community-based partners. The Collaboratives were chosen through a competitive grant proposal process. Award amounts were determined by the number of students to be served in each direct service school. 

According to THEC, GEAR UP Tennessee will serve a cohort of 7,500 students in the Class of 2018, along with 5,000 graduating seniors each year through 2019. A total of over 37,500 students at 83 schools will be directly served during the seven years of federal funding.

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