Mr. Charles Zeller
Omak High School GEAR UP Site Director
(509) 826-5150, Ext. 526

GEAR UP’s vision is that all students are academically, socially, and financially prepared to enter and complete the post-secondary program or institution of their choice. 

We believe that young people who start planning in middle school have a better chance of entering college and completing their degrees. 

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a competitive federal program that provides six- and seven-year grants to education/community partnerships and states to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. 

GEAR UP’S three objectives are to:

  1. Increase academic performance and preparation for post-secondary education.
  2. Increase high school graduation and post-secondary participation rates.
  3. Increase students’ and their families’ knowledge of post-secondary options, preparation, and finances.