FWCS middle schoolers learning about college and career prep

FWCS received a grant called GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, which helps prepare students for life after high school.

Posted: Jun 17, 2019 11:31 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Middle school students in Fort Wayne Community Schools are spending the week learning about college and career choice through the districts “GEAR UP” camp, which was made possible through a special grant the district received.

GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, aims at increasing college and career readiness for students through partnerships with local colleges and learning about the processes to take the next step.

The hope is that with this program, these students will have a better idea of what they want to do when they get older.

Shenita Bolton, who's the College and Career Readiness Manager with FWCS, says even though these students aren’t in high school yet, it’s important to start having the conversation of life after high school

"Statistics are showing us the more we can engage students at the middle school level, the earlier we can get them on college campuses, the more likely they are to be able to obtain a 4 year degree," Bolton Said

There are still a few spots left in the camp this week. If you’re interested, you can show up at the Family and Community Engagement Center around 8:45 AM Tuesday morning and register your child or give them a call at 260-467-2120.

The camp will run for the entire week.

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