ACT Webinar Focuses on Career & College Clubs

admin | Thursday, March 22, 2018

ACT, Inc., the organization that administers the ACT test, recently hosted a webinar focused on Career & College Clubs. Evening the Odds for College-Bound Students: Applying a Holistic Approach to Career and College Readiness Curricula  explored the research basis for the new, expanded Career & College Clubs curriculum, and provided first-person insights from a current user […] Read More


Career & College Clubs Alumni Speak Out

admin | Thursday, February 22, 2018

Students who participated in Career & College Clubs at Ellen Ochoa Learning Center (LAUSD) in middle school talk about the experience and the impact the program has had on their lives.   Read More


2018-2019 FAFSA Deadlines

admin | Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Some states have their own financial aid deadlines for the FAFSA, state grants, etc.. The Department of Education has compiled a list of deadlines by state where available. For more information about your state’s deadlines, click here: Deadlines     Read More


A question for all superintendents, principals, counselors, teachers, and education service providers – Are your grade 7 through 12 students on track to graduate career and college ready? If the answer is no (or you’re not sure), watch one of our recent webinars and learn more about Career & College Clubs, a program designed to […] Read More


Seeking inspiration for your students? Look no further than Ikie Brooks, a junior at  Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently featured Ikie, who grew up in a rural town devastated by economic hardship and widespread drug addiction. With the support of GEAR UP, Ikie is beating the odds and on […] Read More


Middle School – College Preparation Checklist

admin | Friday, December 2, 2016

Preparing for college can be overwhelming. There is a lot think about and even more to learn about. Researching colleges, learning about financial aid, creating a high school academic plan, and taking entrance exams are just the tip of the iceberg. Since there is so much to learn it makes sense that students begin the […] Read More


Career Readiness: Practicing Conflict Resolution

admin | Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Having students align their interest to possible career pathways is a great start to career readiness, but so much more is needed. It’s also about having students learn the skills that employers are looking for in potential employees. And they can’t just learn them, but they need to practice them. One of the soft skills […] Read More


Zoneton MS Starting the Year off Right!

admin | Thursday, August 25, 2016

Zonetone Middle School just started the Career & College Clubs program, and is already seeing improvement in their students. Part of the Bullitt County Public Schools in Kentucky, Zoneton adopted Career & College Clubs starting in the 2016-2017 academic year. Teresa Jaggers, practical living teacher and Career & College Clubs coach, told us – The […] Read More


College Readiness Gap Persists

admin | Wednesday, August 24, 2016

While 60 percent of Asian American students and 49 percent of white students showed strong readiness for college coursework, meeting three or more of the ACT benchmarks, just 23 percent of Hispanic students and only 11 percent of African American students earned that same level of achievement. — ACT News Release, 8/24/2016 ACT, Inc. released […] Read More


From ACT, Inc. – First-generation students are falling further behind their peers in meeting key college readiness benchmarks, according to a new report released today by ACT and the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). The report, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015: First-Generation Students, showed that for the past five years, the […] Read More