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Campbell County receives GEAR UP grant funding for next six years

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Below is a press release issued today that provides information about grant funding

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission announced today that Campbell County is the recipient of a $1,158,710 GEAR UP grant over the next six years. The grant funds will provide services to students and families with the aim of increasing enrollment and success in postsecondary education.

The funding is part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant, which aims to increase the number of low-income students in Tennessee who are accessing and succeeding in higher education. Campbell County is among 15 communities selected to receive funds. The communities were selected through a competitive application process by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the administrator of the state’s GEAR UP TN grant.

“I am looking forward to working alongside GEAR UP TN to invest in the future of our students in Campbell County,” says Director of Schools Jennifer Fields. “We are honored to be a three time recipient of this grant.”

“I am beyond excited to continue working with GEAR UP TN and serving the students of Campbell County. I share GEAR UP TN’s vision of promoting rigor in the classroom and guiding students on the path to postsecondary education,” Monica Bane, GEAR UP Coordinator.

As part of the project, Campbell County Schools will form a local, community-based GEAR UP TN Collaborative to provide college access and success-focused services to students at Elk Valley Elementary, Jellico Elementary, White Oak Elementary, Wynn Elementary, Jacksboro Middle, LaFollette Middle, Campbell County High, and Jellico High School. Students in the Class of 2023, who are currently in the seventh grade, will receive services as a cohort through middle school, high school, and their first year of postsecondary education.

Seniors at participating high schools will also receive direct services that will help them prepare for college and apply to postsecondary programs. Services will include one-on-one mentoring, tutoring, college visits, and financial aid counseling. GEAR UP TN will also provide students across the state of Tennessee with college and financial aid resources, including a college access and success website, CollegeforTN.org.

Each GEAR UP TN Collaborative includes formal partnerships with at least one middle school, one high school, a higher education institution, a local board of education and at least two community-based organizations. Partners will help implement grant activities and ensure that the momentum of college access work continues beyond the six-year grant.

Campbell County Schools GEAR UP TN Collaborative will partner with Roane State Community College and TCAT Jacksboro.

This is Tennessee’s third GEAR UP grant. Tennessee’s first GEAR UP TN project, which began in 2005, resulted in a 22.8 percent increase in college-going rates in the nine rural school districts. Communities served by Tennessee’s second GEAR UP TN grant, which began in 2012, have shown impressive results, including over 9 percentage points of growth in college-going rates since 2012. Tennessee was one of ten states awarded a GEAR UP grant as part of the 2017 competition.