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GEAR UP/Upward Bound FAQ's

What does GEAR UP stand for?

GEAR UP stands for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs".

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What is Utica GEAR UP?

Utica GEAR UP is a federally funded partnership between MVCC, Utica City School District, Utica Safe Schools, Workforce Investment Board, Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Oneida County Government, Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, and other local organizations. 

Each partner, along with consistent involvement from students, parents, and the community, will assist with guiding students to become academically, financially, and socially prepared to enter and complete college.

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What types of programs and services does Utica GEAR UP offer?

Tutors and mentors support Utica GEAR UP students in and out of the schools.  Students are invited to participate in a number of activities, field trips, and recreational and leadership activities. Individual and group meetings are conducted to help parents/guardians support their children academically and prepare them for higher education.

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Who does Utica GEAR UP serve?

Free to all participants, Utica GEAR UP serves the entire Utica City School District graduating class of 2017 from now through their high school graduation.  Utica GEAR UP serves students, families, and teachers with needed support and services.

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Do I have to participate in all Utica GEAR UP activities?

No!  You can participate any time, although the sooner a student starts and the more the student participates, the better.

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How do I learn more about Utica GEAR UP?

To learn more about Utica GEAR UP you can contact the Utica GEAR UP office at Mohawk Valley Community College at 315-731-5828(5827).  You can also contact your GEAR UP Youth Academic Specialists at Donovan and John F. Kennedy Middle School’s for information as well.

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What Is Upward Bound?

Upward Bound is a federally funded educational opportunity outreach program that promotes and supports students from underrepresented populations. 

Upward Bound works with Proctor H.S. students through a campus based program which provides tutoring/instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, science, and foreign language during the academic year and summer months. 

Two thirds of Upward Bound’s students must be low-income and first generation in their family to potentially receive a Bachelor’s Degree, with the remaining third being either low-income or first generation student.

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Who is eligible for Upward Bound?

Applicants’ parents may not have a four year college degree prior to applying for the program, family taxable income for the preceding year must meet Federal low-income guidelines,  applicant should have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, and be in grades 9-11 at Proctor H.S. in Utica, New York.

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Upward Bound: How Does A Student Apply?

Student can request an application from the Upward Bound Office (MVCC Academic Bldg., room 128) or his/hers guidance counselor.  Student must fill out application completely and get a referral from a teacher or guidance counselor.

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What Does Upward Bound Offer Students?

Upward Bound offers:  tutoring, mentoring, and counseling; college visitations; assistance with college scholarships and FAFSA forms, preparing for college entrance exams; exposure to cultural events, and financial literacy instruction.

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