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P-16 Initiatives/GEAR UP TN

Overview

The United States Department of Education awarded a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). GEAR UP, a seven-year discretionary grant program, aims to increase the number of low-income, first generation students enrolling and succeeding in college. THEC’s successful GEAR UP TN proposal provides direct services to a cohort of students, the Class of 2018, beginning in the 7th grade and continuing through the cohort’s first year of postsecondary education. GEAR UP TN also provides services to students in the senior class of participating high schools each grant year.


GEAR UP TN local Collaboratives include a lead high school(s) with at least 50 percent of enrolled students eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch, at least one feeder middle school with at least 50 percent of enrolled students eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch, a local board of education, a postsecondary institution and two nonprofit organizations. Current GEAR UP TN sites: Anderson County, Bradley County, Campbell County, Claiborne County, Grainger County, Hardeman County, Haywood County, Henderson County, Johnson County, McNairy County, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Robertson County, Shelby County Schools, Union County, and Wayne County.

 

  • About GEAR UP TN
  • For GEAR UP TN Families
  • For GEAR UP TN Students
  • For GEAR UP TN Site Coordinators

 

GEAR UP TN provides college access and success services to a statewide cohort of 7,500 students, the Class of 2018, beginning in the 7th grade and lasting for a period of seven years – through the cohort’s first year of postsecondary education. GEAR UP TN also provides college access and postsecondary transition-focused services to senior students at each direct-service high school each grant year.


GEAR UP TN local Collaboratives each have at least one full-time staff member responsible for implementing the GEAR UP program. Programming includes academic enrichment through tutoring, workshops, advising, college visits, job shadowing, and mentoring provided to the entire cohort class, Class of 2018, at participating schools. Funding is also provided for professional development for teachers, counselors, school administration and state office staff on best practices for creating and sustaining a college access culture.

 

 

GEAR UP TN provides services to students graduating from high school in 2018 and current high school seniors at 81 schools across Tennessee. The full list of schools is here.


How you can support your GEAR UP TN student:

 

  • Keep in regular contact with your local GEAR UP TN site coordinator.
  • Ask your student for information or announcements they may have received about GEAR UP TN.
  • Attend GEAR UP TN family events.
  • Create a parent account on CollegeforTN.org.

Additional Resources

 

For more information, please contact your local site coordinator. For your site coordinator’s contact information, please email gearup.tn@tn.gov or call 615-532-0402.

 

 

If you attend a participating GEAR UP TN school and are currently a senior or will graduate from high school in 2018, you’re part of the GEAR UP TN.  Welcome to the GEAR UP TN program!


Your local GEAR UP TN site coordinator will work with you to make sure that you have a clear path to college. Some other steps you can take to get the most out of GEAR UP TN:

 

  • Meet regularly with your GEAR UP TN site coordinator.
  • Participate in mentoring and tutoring through GEAR UP TN.
  • Attend all required GEAR UP TN events.
  • Regularly sign in to CollegeforTN.org to use the college resources on the site.

 

Also, consider connecting with the following sites and organizations:

 

 

If you have any questions about implementing your GEAR UP TN program and Collaborative, please contact your regional coordinator:


East Tennessee: Duane Gregg, GEAR UP TN Regional Coordinator, duane.gregg@tn.gov, 865.206.7071
West Tennessee: Shayla Guy, GEAR UP TN Regional Coordinator, shayla.guy@tn.gov, 901.500.5579


SAS Curriculum Pathways Educator Trainings - January 2013 Schedule
GEAR UP TN Implementation Guide: Year Two
- Updated August 2013

GEAR UP TN newsletter template

 

Forms

 

Year 3 Kickoff Materials

 

 

 

Year 2 Kickoff Materials

 

 

 

Office of P-16 Initiatives Contact Information

Shayla Guy
GEAR UP TN Regional Coordinator –
West TN
901.500.5579 (work cell)
shayla.guy@tn.gov

Duane Gregg
GEAR UP TN Regional Coordinator –
East TN
865.206.7071 (work cell)
duane.gregg@tn.gov

Troy Grant
Director
615.532.0423
troy.grant@tn.gov

     

Leigh Ann Bodie
Assistant Director
615.532.0406
leighann.bodie@tn.gov

Kate Derrick
Communications Director,
GEAR UP TN
615.532.0428
kate.derrick@tn.gov

Matt Freeman
Program Analyst
615.532.0419
matt.freeman@tn.gov

     

Doug Cullum
Fiscal Manager
615.532.0435
doug.cullum@tn.gov

Kate Watts
Outreach Specialist, CollegeforTN.org
615.741.1318
kate.watts@tn.gov

Mary Laphen
Statewide Services Coordinator
615.253.1155

mary.laphen@tn.gov

     

Melinda Dunn
Administrative Assistant
615.532.0402
melinda.dunn@tn.gov

Samantha Lamere
Graduate Assistant
615.741-9420
samantha.lamere@tn.gov