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GEAR UP Nevada

Nevada State GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded grant that is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Generally, students are identified as GEAR UP during their 7th grade year and exposed to GEAR UP activities that continue through high school. There are 18 middle schools and the UNR Dean’s Future Scholars, or approximately 5,500 students, included in the Nevada State GEAR UP project. To qualify for program participation, school selection was based on a federally free or reduced lunch rate of 50% or higher.

Traveling Dates: 2016-2017 GEAR UP

Yerington High School (Thursdays) Silver Stage High School (Tuesdays)
January 12th, 26th 10th, 24th
February 9th, 16th, 23rd 7th, 14th, 21st
March 9th, 16th 7th, 14th
April 20th, 27th 11th, 25th
May 11th 9th

For additional information, please contact:

GEAR UP Nevada
Western Nevada College
Bristlecone Building, Suite 104
2201 West College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703

Jason McGill
GEAR UP Ambassador

Phone: 775-430-0135

My name is Jason McGill and I am the GEAR UP Ambassador at Western Nevada College. My main goal while holding this position is to provide college access to students in rural counties within the state of Nevada. As a product of Lyon County School district and Silver Stage High School myself, I am honored to work with students throughout Northern Nevada and assure that they reach their goal of graduating high school and either entering college or joining the workforce.  

Adrian Barrera
GEAR UP Peer Mentor Specialist


My name is Adrian Barrera and I am the GEAR UP Peer Mentor Specialist at Western Nevada College. In this position, my goal is to help students again awareness of college and provide college resources to the students. I have been involved in higher education with several clubs and committees to help the underserved communities of Nevada. Being part of different organizations has influenced me to help students attend college or university to succeed in life.