March 7, 2000
The GEAR UP program is a joint effort of The Citadel and the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) that targets 50 7th graders each year to better prepare them for post secondary education. The program provides students with academic enrichment and support from 7th grade until high school graduation. Each year the students will participate in 20 Saturday academies and a three-week summer institute.
The GEAR UP program gives students encouragement and support to help them graduate from high school and it provides assistance in applying to an appropriate post secondary education. The curriculum will focus on academic content and academic support. In addition, it will provide studying and testing strategies for students as they advance from 7th grade to grade 12.
Members of The Citadel faculty along with certified teachers and clinicians will work with students from targeted middle schools Alice Burney and Fort Johnson. The GEAR UP program kick-off will be on Saturday, March 11 at 10 a.m. in The Citadel's Mark Clark Auditorium. After a welcome from CHE representative Dr. Karen Woodfaulk students will compete in a logo design to appear on this year's GEAR UP T-shirt.
The Citadel along with four other colleges and universities in South Carolina are host institutions. The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education is providing funding for the program through federal and state sources. The Citadel will receive up to $150,000 each year for the GEAR UP program.