GEAR UP Successes Presented at National Conference
July 17, 2013
Cal State Fullerton’s GEAR UP program strives to increase the number of underrepresented students who enter and succeed in post secondary education.
Cal State Fullerton GEAR UP faculty and staff members and Anaheim Union High School District representatives this week presented successful strategies of the federally funded program at the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships Conference in San Francisco. The 14 presenters were invited to discuss their collective work, which has created a college-going culture and increased student academic achievement, said Melba Schneider Castro, CSUF’s director of educational partnerships.
CSUF presenters were Schneider Castro; Adriana Badillo, GEAR UP director; Mandy Paterson, GEAR UP professional development specialist; Michelle Salegio, GEAR UP parent coordinator; Dawn Person, professor of educational leadership and director of the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL); Michelle Cuellar, C-REAL program analyst; and Noemy Medina ’13 (M.S. education-higher education), C-REAL research assistant.
In collaboration with the school district and other educational partners, the U.S. Department of Education-funded program serves underrepresented students beginning in junior high school through high school. CSUF received GEAR UP grants in 2008 and 2011, totaling nearly $14 million.