Education and Human Development

GEAR UP Jefferson County

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


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Please click here for an important message from University of Montevallo President John W. Stewart

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.

GEAR UP Statement

GU-JC Overview

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.


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