Governor Issues Proclamation Marking National Gear Up Week

Immediate Release


Greg Bortolin
Carson City, NV - September 19, 2016

Gov. Brian Sandoval issued a proclamation today celebrating National GEAR UP Week 2016 in Nevada beginning today.

This week commemorates the continuing success of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), a college access program providing students and families the support and resources they need for college success. Since its inception in 1999, GEAR UP has improved educational outcomes for millions of low-income, minority and disadvantaged students across the United States, including 4,391 10th and 11th grade students served by the current Nevada State GEAR UP Program.

Nevada GEAR UP received $21 million in 2012 from the U.S. Department of Education over seven years. This year’s $3 million allocation of the grant will be serving 22 high schools throughout Nevada.

“This is critical funding that goes to support college and career readiness programs,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction. “In Reno, GEAR UP supported a dual enrollment program between Truckee Meadows Community College and students at Hug and Wooster High Schools. In Las Vegas, GEAR UP funded a professional development program for STEM teachers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.”

Nevada State GEAR UP will celebrate National GEAR UP Week 2016 by initiating daily activities at the GEAR UP schools which focus on college and career readiness, exploration, and planning.

To date, the Nevada State GEAR UP Program has served 9,691 students. Of the 2,640 students that graduated from GEAR UP high schools in 2012, approximately 1,206 students went on to pursue their education at two or four-year colleges. National GEAR UP Week is a time to celebrate these accomplishments locally.

“Students from low-income, disadvantaged backgrounds deserve access to the finest college and career preparatory programs Nevada has to offer,” said Tammy Bolen, Nevada GEAR UP Director at the Nevada Department of Education. “GEAR UP provides opportunities for Nevada students, families and schools to achieve their goals.”

For more information about the Nevada State GEAR UP Program please contact Bolen at To learn more about the national GEAR UP program, please contact the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships at 202-530-1135 or