Phil Lewis,
828-262-8016, ext. 105

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) provides services to middle and high school students from Ashe County, North Carolina on a yearly basis.  The goal of GEAR UP is to improve student writing, reading, and mathematics at all grade levels; to help students and families understand the importance of being prepared and informed about attending college; to provide new college scholarships for participants; to provide comprehensive professional development opportunities for educators that focus on improving student learning; and to increase parent participation in the schools.

Appalachian's GEAR UP program serves schools in the Alleghany, Avery, Burke and Hickory school systems.