Stanfield Secondary School awarded $45,000 GEAR UP grant
Students in Stanfield will now have a leg up in learning about post-secondary opportunities thanks to a 3-year Oregon GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) sustainability grant totaling $45,000. Stanfield Secondary School will receive $15,000 each of the three years of the grant to help students pursue college.
The grant will allow Stanfield Secondary to expand upon the success it has had through a 6-year GEAR UP grant, which will be completed in the coming school year. That grant has allowed the school to fund college visits, college financial aid nights for parents and students, technology purchases, and a GEAR UP/ASPIRE coordinator.
The first year of the grant will allow Stanfield Secondary to purchase the technology and curriculum to develop the new Success 101 course. This course, which all freshmen will be required to take, is a transition course developed by the Eastern Promise program where students explore careers and colleges, and create a plan for the next 10 years. Students have the opportunity to earn three college credits through Eastern Oregon University with completion of the course.
The grant will fund the purchase of 30 Samsung Chromebooks and accessories for the class since much of the course will require students to access Internet resources. “Career Choices” curriculum will also be purchased for the class.
“Success 101 will provide our freshmen the opportunity to discover what they want to do for a career, and give them a qualified road map for getting there,” said Stanfield Secondary Principal Bryan Johnson. “Having an ample supply of current technology and curriculum through this grant will enhance the course that much more.”
Years two and three of the GEAR UP grant will help fund a new college coordinator position at Stanfield Secondary. This person will be responsible for continuing college preparatory activities and acquiring the funds to do so. The position will work closely with students and parents to assist in applying for scholarships, complete college applications, visit regional colleges and universities, and other post-secondary activities. In addition, the second and third years of the grant will also fund grant writers to support the projects.
“Oregon’s goal of 40-40-20 will be more attainable having the college coordinator position that is solely dedicated to helping students make the transition from high school to post-secondary education,” Johnson said. “This grant will benefit our students for years to come.”
The goal of the GEAR UP program is to ensure that Oregon's low-income middle school and high school students are prepared for, pursue, and succeed in postsecondary education. The Oregon University System (OUS) kicked off the GEAR UP program in 2002. Schools involved with the GEAR UP program range in size but all serve low-income students in rural communities. Staff in these schools design program activities to enhance student academic development, teacher and counselor professional development, community involvement, and school/college outreach and partnerships.