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GEAR UP Making Huge Strides in the Birmingham City School System

The thriving program known as GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is continuing to make its mark in the Birmingham City School system. The program is a part of a competitive grant that was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to the Birmingham City School System for $19.6 million in September 2014. Representatives from the program spoke before the Council back in May of this year, and Councilors knew right off that this program was going to be a huge asset for students in Birmingham. Recently hundreds of 7th graders who are benefitting from the program used what they have learned thus far to present business proposals to area business owners. The proposal included ideas on how to use robotics and technology to provide tutoring resources to students as they work towards the next steps that are needed to transition into colleges and universities.

GEAR UP is designed to get students on track for college early as it offers competitive state and partnership grants to local students. The expectation is that each student through GEAR UP will be better prepared to transition to the Academies of Birmingham program of their choice based on their career interest. Career Academies range widely from engineering to culinary arts.  Although the program has only been a part of the Birmingham City Schools for one year, it is already making huge strides, and from the graph that is shown below this is just the beginning.















To learn more about the schools within Birmingham that are participating in the program, please click on this LINK.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.