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Gear Up     GEAR UP

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GEAR UP is an acronym for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

It is a federally–funded grant designed to increase the number of cohort students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP—Ignite Belief grant is a partnership project with public schools, higher education, communities, financial institutions and business organizations who work together to provide students and their families a range of support services needed to prepare for them post-secondary education.

Eastern has partnered with 39 area schools (partner schools) to provide opportunities to students in 8th & 9th grades. GEAR UP will provide support for these students as they move from middle school to high school and into the first year of college.

The program does not cost the student, parent, teacher, or school administration anything!

GEAR UP Goals


  • Increase GEAR UP student performance & preparation for post-secondary education

  • Increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary education of GEAR UP students

  • Increase GEAR UP students' and their families' knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation, and financing

Meet You Gear Up Coordinator! Gear Up News Gear Up Resources
Bokoshe’s Gear Up Coordinator is Bethany Hicks.  Bethany has been a Gear Up coordinator for two years and has been the coordinator for Bokoshe for two years.   Eighteen Bokoshe eighth and ninth grade GEAR UP students recently attended Symphony by the Sea at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, Oklahoma. Oklahoma Aquarium partnered with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra to create an experience combining both arts and science. The students were guided by Oklahoma Aquarium Education Specialist, Alyssa Rodriguez, through three galleries in the aquarium to learn about a particular animal or habitat from the aquarium combined with a selected musical ensemble. Bokoshe GEAR UP students and staff enjoyed the sharks and strings performance where they learned how the sharks respond to the string musicians as they performed in front of the shark tank.

https://www.tutor.com/eoscgearup/

https://academy.act.org/

https://www.okhighered.org/okpromise/

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