COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - GEAR UP Georgia kicked off a special event for ninth-graders in the Columbus area.
A combined 900 students from Spencer, Kendrick, and a few other high schools visited the Lumpkin Center at Columbus State University Tuesday to hear guests speak about succeeding in life and going to college.
Speakers included school board representatives and mentors from the area. Music was provided by radio station Foxie 105.
“Students with GEAR UP are more likely to go to college and complete college. So, for me, this whole week---GEAR Up week--- is all about celebrating that. I think there is so much that we can do to give students the same type of opportunities that these kids just walked out with,” said E.J. Carrion, founder of the Student Success Agency.
GEAR Up Georgia, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a statewide program with the goal of increasing post-secondary access and success to more than 12,000 high-need students in over 40 schools.