Saginaw Valley State University has established the Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) on campus. MI GEAR UP is funded nationally by the U.S. Department of Education and locally by its project partners, including the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative. GEAR UP facilitates student mentoring, offers workshops on college preparation and financial aid, and assists schools and teachers to better prepare students for college studies. Through the program’s goals, our students will not only succeed in and outside the classroom, but will gain the skills necessary to successfully graduate from an institution of higher education.
The mission of the SVSU GEAR UP program is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post secondary education. This is done by promoting academic excellence through a variety of locally designed and innovative early intervention services. It prepares our future workforce for jobs in Michigan's rapidly diversifying economy essential to the state's economic viability and competitiveness in a knowledge-based, global economy. It reduces the number of individuals requiring remediation and the cost of re-training high school graduates for new jobs. GEAR UP increases students' proficiency in math, science, reading, and technology to better prepare students for college and the workplace.
SVSU’s MI GEAR UP provides College & Career Readiness skills to students at Arthur Hill High School and Saginaw High School, all of which are in the Saginaw Public School District. The program began working with the cohort in 2011 at Ruben Daniels and Thompson Middle School and will follow them through graduation in 2017.