Tennessee was awarded $29.5 million dollars in funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2012 to implement GEAR UP TN over the next seven years. The grant will provide Tennessee over $4.2 million in resources annually to devote to college access and success services. GEAR UP TN works with community-based Collaboratives in fifteen counties across the state in order to accomplish these goals. Through the Collaboratives, GEAR UP TN provides students with direct services, including mentoring, tutoring, college visits, and financial aid counseling. The program will serve 7,500 students in the Class of 2018, along with 5,000 graduating seniors each year through 2019. GEAR UP TN anticipates that it will serve 37,500 students over the next seven years.
Mission of GEAR UP TN
GEAR UP TN aims to expand the college-going culture in Tennessee. By using an empowerment model that recognizes the assets and needs of local communities, GEAR UP TN looks to shift the state’s educational culture. We aim to develop long-term, successful partnerships to support students in reaching college and providing them with the resources to succeed in college.
Goals of GEAR UP TN
1. Increase the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education for GEAR UP students.
2. Increase the rates of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education for GEAR UP students.
3. Increase GEAR UP students’ and their families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.
GEAR UP TN in Wayne County Debbie Brown, Coordinator