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The RISE UP/SKY GEAR UP partnership addresses the educational needs of low-income, at-risk students in the Yakima, Skagit and Klickitat Valleys by providing activities, information, and the educational opportunities and support necessary for students to be successful in college.

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Check out recent updates and announcements about the GEAR UP RISE UP program.

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Events & Programs

Helping students from low-income families prepare for and succeed in higher education.

October 23-25

GEAR UP West Conference

GEAR UP West is an annual collaborative regional conference for college access and success practitioners primarily from the Western part of the United States.

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September 2022

Students at Mount Vernon work with WWU

WWU’s Nick Galati helps Mount Vernon students build microscope – and STEM interest – in summer college prep program.

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September 26-30

National GEAR UP Week

Join us and the thousands of students, parents, teachers, partners and college access professionals from across the nation to celebrate GEAR UP and the successes of our hard work and dedication.

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I enjoyed this event. It’s good for students that are looking for information about how to pay for college and how to find scholarships.

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What We Do

Our mission is to help students in rural districts prepare for and succeed in college/career school.

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Who We Help

Program staff and team members provide academic, personal-social, and college and career readiness support for students and families.

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Community Involvement

Learn how we’re helping students become more academically, socially, and financially prepared to enter and complete the postsecondary education.

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Not sure where to start?

Our team is committed to helping motivate and prepare students to pursue and succeed in higher education. Visit one of our partner schools, or reach out to one of our team members for more information.

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