(NASHVILLE, TN), October 26, 2012 – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) said today a Campbell County Collaborative will receive a grant 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 to hear Campbell County was chosen for this post-secondary grant program,” said Senator Yager. “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.”
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. In total, Campbell County Schools will receive $984,847.50 over the next seven academic years to increase the number of students transitioning to and succeeding in higher education.
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.