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Welcome to WCHS GEAR UP
WCHS GEAR UP is a federally funded program that helps students prepare to succeed in education and training beyond high school. “GEAR UP” stands for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs,” and the program’s goal is to help more students pursue their dreams of earning a college diploma or skillset certificate.

GEAR UP provides many free activities and services to help students and their families plan, apply and pay for education and training beyond high school. Examples include:
- College campus visits and tours
- Tutoring
- Credit recovery classes
- ACT/SAT test preparation workshops
- Academic day camps and workshops
- Financial aid workshops
- College prep summer academies
- College exploration and preparation workshops
- Career academies
- Leadership academies

GEAR UP offers extra support to two groups of students and their families:
- Students in the class of 2020 can participate in GEAR UP from their seventh grade year all the way through their high school graduation.
- All 12th grade students graduating between 2015 and 2021 can participate in GEAR UP during their senior year.

At times, GEAR UP may offer activities and services to other students, depending on funding regulations and availability.
Announcements:
Our college visits are coming up in October. Students need to stay tuned to the morning announcements for signup information.
GEAR UP HEROs
HEROs, or Higher Education Readiness Officers, are students who work to get their peers fired up and ready to take on career planning and post-secondary education. Our WCHS HEROs are:
- Dawson Tharp
- Austin Weese
- Jessica Martin
- Natasha Quinn
- Sierra Davis
- Holley Morrison
- Kimberly Stover
- Haley Short
- Paige Cool
- Savannah McCartney
- Allison McCourt
- Rosie Wright
- Megan Key
- Emily Cogar
- Katie Carpenter
- Darrian Dominguez
- Caylin Armentrout
Student Success Society (Mentors)
GEAR UP's Student Success Society is designed to help students build leadership skills, promote student engagement, and prepare for post-secondary education. Our Student Success Society sponsors are Robin Cutlip and Robin Romano. Members include:
- Savannah McCartney
- Allison McCourt
- Darrian Dominguez
- Rosie Wright
- Natasha Quinn
- Sierra Davis
- Holley Morrison
- Kimberly Stover
- Haley Short
- Paige Cool
  • Check out these #collegebound students at Van High School! (Plus the Mountaineer.) Have we spotted some future @westvirginiau students? 🤨☺️
  • Guess who got Westside High School FIRED UP 🔥 this morning?! None other than Mr. Aric Bostick! We don't know about you all, but every time he speaks, we come back to the office feeling like we could climb Mt. Everest. 🗻 #GEARUPWorks
  • Check out these lovely HEROs from Van High School, making sure the GEAR UP Awareness Event went well this evening! Great work. #GEARUPWorks