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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:
It's financial aid season. Now is the time to file your FAFSA. GEAR UP has financial aid workshops scheduled from 8:30am - 3:00pm on December 13th and February 5th.

Seniors who complete both the FAFSA and Promise Scholarship application by March 1st will receive an honor cord to wear at graduation.
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
  • Prospective #GUU19 campers, the deadline to apply to attend this year's camp at @WVStateU is February 22! Visit http://wvgearup.org to apply.
  • Heather McChesney and J.R. Luyster representing WV GEAR UP at the Fayette County Career Fair. They had an "udderly" wonderful time speaking with students about planning, applying, and paying for college. Don't be too "chikin" to file your FAFSA! #GEARU...
  • Prospective #GUU19 campers, we are approaching the application deadline! Apply by February 22 to be considered. Visit http://wvgearup.org to apply.