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Utica Gear Up

A letter from the program director

Utica GEAR UP is excited about our partnership with the Utica City School District, a partnership in its 4th year. Exciting things will be happening at Proctor High School and the MVCC campus this year. We especially look forward to working again with the GEAR UP students and families.

The heart of Utica GEAR UP lies in the partnerships that have been developed since 2011. These partnerships allow the
program to provide a wide range of opportunities to GEAR UP students and their parents/guardians. Our collaboration with
MVCC’s Adult Learner Services is one new exciting example of how we are reaching out to GEAR UP families.

Research suggests that when parents continue their education, students follow in their footsteps. “The home environment becomes richer; it’s more cognitively stimulating, and it helps children learn,” said Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, a professor of Human Development and Social Policy at Northwestern University. A report by Katherine Magnuson of the University of Wisconsin found that when mothers went back to school, their children were less likely to drop out of high school or to become teen parents.

In the spirit of this evidence, Utica GEAR UP, along with MVCC’s Adult Learner Services, will be reaching out to GEAR UP parents and guardians about the possibilities of going to college. Whether it may be taking just one class or pursuing an MVCC certificate or degree program, multiple possibilities exist to enter, or to reenter, the educational pipeline. There is no better way to instill a love of learning than when everyone in the household is engaged in the learning process.


Todd Kubica
Director of Utica GEAR UP