GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)

  • Juniors and Seniors and their families are invited to attend our informational sessions on preparing for college:

    College Family Dinner


    College Family Dinner

    PPS Gear up for college

    GEAR UP click here

    Michael Scher

    Madison High School Cluster Coordinator

    GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)

    CAP (College Ahead Program)

    Portland Public Schools


     HBCU & Civil Rights Tour


    It is with great excitement that I announce that GEAR UP is organizing a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) & Civil Rights Tour during spring break.

    This year, the HBCU & Civil Rights Tour is open to juniors & seniors and takes place between March 26th – April 1st, leading a group of up to 45 Madison, Franklin, and Roosevelt students to explore historically Black colleges and universities and visit historic civil rights monuments & sites in Georgia and Alabama.

    Given the snow days and cancellations of some events, GEAR UP is extending the HBCU Application Deadline to Tuesday, January 17that 8:15am. Applications must be received by me by that time as we will begin reviewing them immediately so that we can make a decision by the 20th and inform students on the 23rd.

    Since we were only able to have one Info Session, I will be combining the Application Workshops with Informational Session. We are having our second one on Tuesday, January 10th from 3:15-6:00pm. If you know any students who are interested in attending the HBCU trip, please encourage them to find me in the College & Career Center or to attend this workshop!

    If you know a student who is impacted by or interested in learning more about systemic racism or is interested in attending HBCU’s, please direct them to seek more information at the College & Career Center.

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

    Thank you,

    Jessaca Willis, MSW

    For details on this opportunity, click here: HBCU Info Flyer