GEAR UP Jefferson County
Project services will include: workshops for financing college and career pathways, support for implementing more rigorous secondary school course offerings, STEM and computer science focused camps/activities, ACT boot camps, tutoring programs, guest speakers from statewide colleges and universities, campus visits, online book studies, summer institutes, Saturday training/workshops, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), academic enrichment summer camps, mentoring programs, digital literacy awareness, and family/guardian involvement workshops.
Affiliated Schools 2021-2022 academic year
|Bessemer City High School – 9th and 10th grade|
|Fairfield High Preparatory School – 10th grade|
|Midfield High School – 9th and 10th grade|
|Tarrant High School – 10th grade|
|Clay-Chalkville High School – 9th and 10th grade|
|Center Point High School – 9th and 10th grade|
|Fultondale High School – 10th grade|
|Hueytown High School – 9th and 10th grade|
|Shades Valley High School – 9th and 10th grade|
|McAdory High School – 9th and 10th grade|
|Minor High School -9th and 10th grade|
|Pleasant Grove High School – 10th grade|
|Pinson Valley High School – 9th and 10th grade|
Hope. Despite the current state of our emotions, we know that with each successive class of GEAR UP graduates, we bend the arc a little closer toward justice.
Purpose. We will do everything in our power to support you as we work together toward shaping a better world, where equality, dignity, and human rights prevail.
Together We Rise.
The goals for the students served by the GEAR UP Jefferson County (GU-JC) project are as follows:
Goal 1 – to increase the successful academic performance, educational expectations, and preparation for/participation in post-secondary education.
Goal 2 – to increase student and family knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation, and financing. Goal 3 – to increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in post-secondary education for GEAR UP students.
GU-JC is designed to improve access, opportunities, and outcomes for students from historically marginalized populations and underserved communities, particularly students of color, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. GU-JC will support, strengthen, and expand the existing infrastructure, as well as enhance academic opportunities and rigor, increase exploration of post-secondary options, and equip students and families with information and tools to plan for and access post-secondary education.