NDE's Tammy Bolen Awarded for Her Work Preparing Low-Income Students for Success in College

Immediate Release


Greg Bortolin
Carson City, NV - November 01, 2017

Tammy Bolen, Nevada’s State GEAR UP Director, was named GEAR UP Professional of the Year Award at the organization’s conference in Portland, Ore., this week.

“What Tammy lacks in length of tenure, she surpasses by far with her passion for working with low-income first generation students, commitment to GEAR UP’s guiding principles and tireless work to building a strong network of GEAR Up educators across Nevada,” said Renee Davis, Nevada System of Higher Education Director of Student Affairs, who nominated Bolen for the award. “From the moment she arrived and took the helm as director, she has proven herself time and again as a strong leader who commands the attention and respect of stakeholders and who is able to bring the state team to focus on the grant goals.”

Nevada’s State GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded, competitive grant that is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Students are identified to participate in GEAR UP during their 7th grade year and take part in GEAR UP college and career readiness activities that continue through high school and into college. The state grant currently serves 21 schools and more than 5,500 students throughout Nevada.

“We are proud of Tammy’s efforts and no one should be surprised by her receiving this award,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction. “The students she works with are a key demographic in ensuring that Nevada becomes the fastest improving state in the nation.”

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