Gear Up FWCS

Gaining
Early
Awareness and
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Class of  2024 and 2025

Gear Up FWCS

The Path to Your Future Starts Here

GEAR UP FWCS prepares students to pursue and succeed in their post-secondary education and careers.

Studies show that students benefit from early exposure to post-secondary knowledge, skills, and experiences. GEAR UP FWCS provides valuable exposure to college and career preparation — from structured programs, informational meetings and workshops to college visits, career visits, internships and partnerships.

Students receive individual support to pursue and achieve their educational and professional aspirations. Students can participate in a variety of programs, activities and services to ensure they have the knowledge, skills and abilities to become leaders as they further their education and careers.

The GEAR UP FWCS program is a federally funded program awarded by the United States Department of Education and is designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.

GEAR UP FWCS Increases

Students’ academic performance

Students’ academic performance and preparation for post-secondary education

 
Students’ rate of high school graduation

Students’ rate of high school graduation and participation in post-secondary education

 
Family knowledge of post-secondary education

Family knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation, and financing

Over 3,800 students have benefited from the GEAR UP FWCS program.

Upcoming Events

Indiana Latino Institute Education Summit and College & Career Fair

Indiana Latino Institute Education Summit and College & Career Fair

September 9th 2022

Friday 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Grades 10th - 12th

Career Academy visit-New Tech

Career Academy visit-New Tech

September 12th 2022

Monday 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Grades 10th

Career Academy visit-South Side

Career Academy visit-South Side

September 13th 2022

Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Grades 10th

Career Academy visit-Northrop

Career Academy visit-Northrop

September 14th 2022

Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Grades 10th

EAR UP College Tour-St Louis

GEAR UP College Tour-St Louis

September 16th & 18th 2022

Friday 6:00 a.m. & Sunday 8:30 p.m.

Grades 10th - 11th

SAT Bootcamp-VIRTUAL

SAT Bootcamp-VIRTUAL

September 17th 2022

Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 11th - 12th

Career Academy visit-Wayne

Career Academy visit-Wayne

September 20th 2022

Tuesday 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Grades 10th

GEAR UP Manchester University and Huntington University Visit

GEAR UP Manchester University and Huntington University Visit

September 21st 2022

Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Grades 10th - 11th

Viva College! Scholarship Lunch - Grand Wayne Center

Viva College! Scholarship Lunch - Grand Wayne Center

September 22nd 2022

Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Grades 11th - 12th

Ivy Tech I-Career Day-Healthcare-Coliseum Campus

Ivy Tech I-Career Day-Healthcare-Coliseum Campus

September 23rd 2022

Friday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 10th - 12th

PSAT Bootcamp-VIRTUAL

PSAT Bootcamp-VIRTUAL

September 24th 2022

Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 10th - 11th

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Indiana Tech

GEAR UP WEEK-Rally at Northrop

September 27th 2022

Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Grades 10th - 11th

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Indiana Tech

GEAR UP WEEK-Rally at Snider

September 27th 2022

Tuesday 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Grades 10th - 11th

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Indiana Tech

GEAR UP WEEK-Rally at North Side

September 28th 2022

Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Grades 10th - 11th

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Indiana Tech

GEAR UP WEEK-Rally at South Side

September 28th 2022

Wednesday 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Grades 10th - 11th

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Indiana Tech

GEAR UP WEEK-Rally at Wayne

September 29th 2022

Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Grades 10th - 11th

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PSAT Bootcamp-VIRTUAL

PSAT Bootcamp-VIRTUAL

October 1st 2022

Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 10th - 11th

GEAR UP Ball State Visit

GEAR UP Ball State Visit

October 5th 2022

Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 10th - 11th

Ivy Tech Skilled Trades Career Exploration Fair-North Campus

Ivy Tech Skilled Trades Career Exploration Fair-North Campus

October 7th 2022

Friday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 10th - 12th

GEAR UP Indiana Wesleyan/Taylor University visit

GEAR UP Indiana Wesleyan/Taylor University visit

October 13th 2022

Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Grades 10th - 11th

GEAR UP College Tour-Kentucky and Ohio

GEAR UP College Tour-Kentucky and Ohio

October 14th & 16th 2022

Friday 7:00 a.m. & Sunday 6:30 p.m.

Grades 10th - 11th

Latinos Count-Ivy Tech North

Latinos Count-Ivy Tech North

October 19th 2022

Wednesday 10:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Grades 9th - 12th

GEAR UP Notre Dame/IU South Bend visit

GEAR UP Notre Dame/IU South Bend visit

October 25th 2022

Tuesday 10:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Grades 10th - 11th

SAT Bootcamp-VIRTUAL

SAT Bootcamp-VIRTUAL

October 29th 2022

Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grades 11th - 12th

Benefits of GEAR UP FWCS

 
SKILLS & PROGRAMMING

SKILLS & PROGRAMMING

Enhance skills, knowledge and abilities to succeed after high school through programs, workshops, seminars, clubs, college visits, career visits and more

 
COLLEGE PREP

COLLEGE PREP

Gain knowledge, skills and experience to prepare for post-secondary education

 
TEST PREP

TEST PREP

Participate in SAT and ACT Bootcamps

 
SUPPORT

SUPPORT

Receive individualized college and career readiness support from GEAR UP FWCS staff

 
JOB EXPERIENCE

JOB EXPERIENCE

Gain job experience through internships and job shadowing

 
CONNECTIONS

CONNECTIONS

Connect with partners across Allen County

Here’s what our Student Advisors have to say.

"As a GEAR UP Student Advisor, I am able to help equip scholars with a better understanding of what they need in order to make the right decisions for themselves, their postsecondary education and their future. I am able to help them discover their passions, open their eyes to the possibilities and encourage them to follow their dreams. Every scholar is unique, and everyone has their own set of skills that they excel in. My hopes are that EVERY scholar realizes this, and they will all be successful in their own way."

— Angeliki Benge

“It fills my heart to know as a GEAR UP Advisor, I have the opportunity to enrich, motivate and transform my students’ lives. I come from a low-income household that does not believe in paying for college. Obtaining a college degree was my pathway to success, and I am committed to supporting the academic, social, and emotional needs of all students at FWCS. Together we will make a DIFFERENCE!”

— Allen Coultas

“Serving as a GEAR UP Student advisor affords me the opportunity to engage with students from diverse backgrounds. I am excited to educate students about college readiness. My hope is to see each of our students achieve their goals and dreams, as well as celebrate their achievements.”

— Leonel Pech

“I am passionate to be a GEAR UP Student Advisor because of the opportunities the program will provide to the students in our cohort. My hope is that each student begins to understand what value is, not only from what GEAR UP could offer, but from within themselves.”

— Michael Roberson

“I am passionate about being a Student Advisor because I want to be able to help guide students to achieve academic success and to give the students the knowledge, skills, and abilities in their quest for postsecondary success. By being a part of GEAR UP, I hope students learn the importance of getting a great start academically to their high school career and learn the importance of becoming college/career ready.”

— Tristan Young

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