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GEAR UP Camp at UNCG spurs college access

Photo of camp activityMore than two dozen eighth-graders from across the state descended on the UNCG campus in June for a three-day, two-night immersion in college life.

The new GEAR UP leadership camp at UNCG is a partnership between the university’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development and GEAR UP NC, a federally funded program to help kids from disadvantaged school districts envision themselves as college students. For Dr. DiAnne Borders, one of the counselor education professors overseeing the camp, the message she wants campers to take away is simple: College is for everyone.

“I want them to see that they have a lot of potential that in the eighth grade they may not realize yet,” she said. “It’s about whether you can see yourself on a college campus. If no one in your family has been to college, it’s hard to see that for yourself. Of course, we hope some of them will choose UNCG.”

GEAR UP is an acronym for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Borders and her colleagues Dr. Laura Gonzalez and Dr. Erik Hines have worked closely with the College Foundation of North Carolina researching ways to overcome roadblocks, like limited finances, that get in the way of college. Their work led to the relationship with GEAR UP NC, and the camp.

By Michelle Hines
Full story – and a photo gallery – are at UNCG Now.