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Atlantic Cape GEAR UP! Program Creates Opportunity for College Success

April 10, 2012

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Continuing Education Division has been awarded a grant by the Department of Education for Gaining Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP!), to prepare low-income, at-risk middle and high school students from Atlantic City and Pleasantville for college success.

Atlantic Cape will partner with the Atlantic City School District, Pleasantville School District, AtlantiCare, Jersey Shore Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey and the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City, on the GEAR UP! Atlantic City and Pleasantville program.

The grant awards Atlantic Cape with $270,000 per year for six years, to provide support services to prepare students in grades 6-9 to complete high school and successfully enter post-secondary education and training. Target schools include: Sovereign Avenue School, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School, Uptown School Complex, Atlantic City High School, Pleasantville Middle School and Pleasantville High School.

Each student will receive a customized GEAR UP! Plan, which will outline the expectations and benefits of participation in GEAR UP! Atlantic City and Pleasantville. The 12-month program will include an academic year and summer components. The following activities will be included in the GEAR UP! program:

·      Financial aid and postsecondary education options

·      Tutoring sessions

·      College visits

·      Academic field trips

·      Academic advising with students and parents

·      Career awareness workshop

·      College awareness workshop

·      GEAR UP! speakers workshops

·      Test preparation workshops

·      Summer program

Key program activities will be housed at Atlantic Cape’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus.

Parent involvement is a requirement for this Department of Education grant. Atlantic Cape’s program will integrate parent and guardian involvement during the academic and summer programs to help them meet the required participation objectives.

For more information on this program, contact Robert Kusmiesz at (609) 343-5683 or rkuzmies@altantic.edu.