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HACU Member Advisory--January 12, 2005


HACU encourages its membership to take advantage of GEAR UP workshops


The GEAR UP program is a discretionary grant program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides five-year grants to States and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.

GEAR UP is unique from other initiatives. This program employs partnerships committed to serving and accelerating the academic achievement of cohorts of students through their high school graduation. GEAR UP partnerships supplement (not supplant) existing reform efforts, offer services that promote academic preparation and the understanding of necessary costs to attend college, provide professional development, and continuously build capacity so that projects can be sustained beyond the term of the grant.


Any State agency designated by the Governor of the State may apply for a GEAR UP grant. Additionally, partnerships consisting of at least one college or university, at least one low- income middle school, and at least two other partners (such as community organizations, businesses, religious groups, student organizations, State or local education agencies, and parent groups) may apply.


The U.S. Department of Education will conduct three (3) one-day technical assistance workshops to aid prospective applicants in developing partnerships and state applications for the GEAR UP competition in FY 2005.  The Department’s program staff will present information about the following:

·         The purpose of the GEAR UP program

·         Selection criteria

·         Application content

·         Submission procedures

·         Reporting requirements.

The workshops will be free of charge to participants.  Participants are responsible for their own lodging, travel arrangements, and meals.  A limited number of reduced rate rooms will be available at the hotels where the workshops are being held, for attendees who need a room for an overnight stay.  Please contact the hotel for additional information. The technical assistance workshops will be scheduled as follows:

DATE                               ADDRESS & PHONE                       WEBSITE

January 31, 2005                Hilton Washington              

1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW

                                      Washington, DC  20009



February 2, 2005                Red Lion Hotel                   

1401 Arden Way

                                      Sacramento, CA  95815



February 4, 2005                Ritz Carlton                       

                                      100 Carondelet Plaza

                                      St. Louis, MO  63105


All technical assistance workshops will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, with registration on site from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

*Current grantees are reminded that expenses incurred in attending these workshops cannot be charged to their existing GEAR UP grant.

For more information, call (202) 502-7676.



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