As a tireless support of access to higher education, Joe Robach applauded recent news that New York State has been awarded a $22.4 million Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant by the U.S. Department of Education, to help low-income and at-risk students receive college readiness preparation and support beginning in seventh grade and continuing through high school. The State was additionally awarded a seventh year of funding to further support students in the program through their first year of college.
“I have always valued education and higher education, and truly believe that having a college degree can open so many doors of opportunity for our younger generations. Given the high costs of college, this education funding will help those who might not otherwise have the means of working towards a college degree and better them for their future,” said Joe Robach in support education funding from GEAR UP.
Targeting middle school students from districts with low high-school graduation rates, the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program will raise students’ awareness of college and financial aid options, increase participation in academically challenging coursework, and support them through completion of their college freshman year.
Participating school districts will also have the opportunity to count their students among the thousands who prepare for high skills jobs of the future through the NYS Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools program – which combines high school, college and career training focused on the knowledge and skills students need for science, technology, engineering and math careers, targeted to at-risk, disadvantaged students.
As a member of the Senate committees on Education and Higher Education, Joe Robach supports educational opportunities for those looking to further their careers and improve their lives. This grant funding will help many people who might not otherwise have the resources available to do so.
Detailed information about NYGEAR UP is available at HESC.ny.gov/NYGEAR UP.