About gear up

Gear Up (with logo)


GEAR UP which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs is a federally funded program designed to elevate the academic achievement, college attendance, and graduation rates of first-generation, low-income, underrepresented, and underserved students. GEAR UP works in partnership with educational and community institutions to provide students and families with individual and group advising, academic and tutoring support, college and career exploration opportunities, skill-building workshops, enrichment programs, college visits, and educational field trips. Porterville College was awarded the GEAR UP Grant in the Fall of 2021.


GEAR UP Services:

  • Tutoring Homework Assistance
  • Financial Aid Advising
  • Academic Advising
  • Mentorship
  • Educational Field Trips
  • Family/Cultural Events
  • Summer Programs
  • College Visits
  • Career Exploration
  • Classroom Presentations
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Dual Enrollment

GEAR UP services aim to meet the following objectives:

  • Increase academic performance and preparation for post-secondary education
  • Increase the rate of high school graduation.
  • Increase the number and percentage of students and parents demonstrating knowledge of financial aid options, cost of college attendance, and how to acquire financial aid.
  • Increase the number and percentage of GEAR UP students entering college after high school
  • Increase GEAR UP students' and their families' knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation, and financing.
  • Increase the number and percentage of GEAR UP students persisting to the second-year college on.