UTSA, SAISD partner to offer GEAR UP program for seventh graders

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(May 22, 2012) -- The UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives and the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) jointly kicked off their new Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP II) initiative. The launch was held on May 15 at the SAISD District Office's Burnet Learning Center during the SAISD's Duke University Talent Identification Program awards ceremony, which honored seventh graders who completed the SAT college-entrance exam.

During the ceremony, UTSA's GEAR UP staff introduced the new program to parents and students, and encouraged the students to participate in upcoming summer workshops. After the awards ceremony, participants were invited to visit the UTSA Mobile Go Center, a sophisticated 42-foot mobile classroom, and participate in a robotics demonstration hosted by the UTSA Interactive Technology Experience Center (iTEC).

In fall 2011, the SAISD began to provide college readiness services to all of its seventh grade students, taking the message directly to the neighborhood. The UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives will support creation of a college going culture by launching a College and Career Readiness Student and Parent Academy. The Academy will be offered in SAISD neighborhoods starting this summer and will offer innovative outreach activities such as iTEC student workshops and academic programming for parents in their respective communities.

The Office of P-20 Initiatives provides leadership to enable students to develop and complete their educational goals through collaborative partnerships with K-12, post-secondary institutions and from within the greater community.

To learn more, visit the GEAR UP II website.