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    Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a discretionary grant program from the U.S. Department of Education designed to increase the number of low-income students prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education in Weld Count District 6.


    The GEAR UP grant will help build a college-going culture within our schools by supporting college visits, career exploration, and academic planning.  This 7-year partnership provides additional mentoring, advising, and tutor support to current 12th-grade students attending Greeley Central, Greeley West, Northridge, and Jefferson High School through their graduation from a District 6 high school. The class of 2020 will be receiving GEAR UP support through their first year of college.

     Services Provided



    Educational/Career and Cultural Activities


    Study Skills, Test-Taking Skills

    Academic Advisement

    College and Technical School Visits

    Financial Aid Assistance

    SAT Test Preparation



    Contact our staff: 
    Alma Olivas Aguilar
    GEAR UP Program Coordinator 
    Phone: (970) 348-6310
    Fax: (970) 348-6233
    Sandra Barrera
    Northridge GEAR UP Advisor 
    Phone: (970) 348-5262
    Fax: (970) 348-5262


    Alec Stoncius
    Northridge GEAR UP Advisor
    Phone: (970) 348-5263 Fax: (970) 348-6233
     Breanna Staut Greeley Central GEAR UP Advisor
    Breanna Staut
    Greeley Central GEAR UP Advisor 
    Phone: (970) 348-5104
    GEAR UP Advisor Marco Galindo
    Marco Galindo
    Greeley Central GEAR UP Advisor
    Phone: (970) 348-5104
     Sydney Williams
    Sydney Williams
    Greeley West GEAR UP Advisor
    Phone: (970) 348-5554
    Fax: (970) 348-3030


    Lisette Galindo 
    Greeley West GEAR UP Advisor 
    Phone: (970) 348-5554


    Magda Garcia 
    Jefferson High School GEAR UP Advisor
    Phone: (970) 348-1638 Fax: (970) 348-1030


Upcoming Events

  • Aims Summer Bridge 2021 
    All-District 6 High Schools


    This upcoming Summer, the 2021 Senior class for all District 6 High Schools have the opportunity of earning six college credits at Aims Community College here in Greeley. It is a way for the students to get ahead, start their college path and learn what classes are like, as well as earning those credits by applying to the GEAR UP Scholarship (Please talk to GEAR UP Advisor, and see if you qualify). These classes start on June 1, 2021, and go through August 11, 2021. The deadline for the paperwork and the application is due by May 1 and is limited to 100 students. Students must also attend a MANDATORY orientation at Aims on May 6, 2021. 

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