Nevada GEAR UP Digest
April 2021
And just like that, it's April! We have a lot planned for the remaining weeks of the school year and a number of interesting summer options as well. We want to be sure to recognize our seniors that will be graduating in just a few short weeks too. Congratulations!! We are excited to welcome them to our college campuses this fall! We also have many 8th grade students that will be transitioning into high school. GEAR UP offers transition programming for both 8th and 12th graders. Read more about all of the happenings below!
This month's blog was written by former GEAR UP student at TMCC, Imelda Gonzalez Ojeda. She describes how GEAR UP has helped her in her college journey. Read it here!

NCCEP National Conference and a Nevada Presentation
Congratulations to Jana Burd, Andrea Saavedra, and Nicola Opfer from the NSHE GEAR UP team! They submitted a breakout session proposal to present at the national conference and it was accepted!! More info on that as we get closer to conference time.

The conference is scheduled for July 18-21, 2021. We still do not know if it will be virtual or in person. If it is in person, it will be held in San Francisco. Registration will be opening in April. The latest information can be found here.

Upcoming College Corners and Power Hours
In the coming weeks, we have several topical presentations planned during our regular College Corners and Power Hours. In addition to dual enrollment and study abroad information presented during regular College Corners, we will also have the following Power Hours planned presentations on Apprenticeships on April 27th with NSHE's Danielle Donato, Senior Learning Concierge and Cybersecurity on May 4th with NSHE's Chief Information Security Officer, Theresa Semmens. She will highlight what cybersecurity is and what careers are available in this growing field.

We have reserved the final Power Hour on May 11th for planning a year end celebration and recognition for our seniors! Stay tuned for more information.

8th and 12th Grade Transition/Summer Bridge Programming
Dates have been set for our programs for eighth graders transitioning into high school and 12th graders transitioning into college students. We will be partnering with Student Success Agency and Paradigm Shift to present these information and fun-filled events. In Nye County, both 8th and 12th grade bridge programming will be held on May 24th and 25th. In Clark County, the 12th grade transition programming will be held on May 27th and 28th. The Clark County 8th grade bridge program is scheduled for June 7th and 8th. Note: Due to the expansion of summer school this year, these dates may be subject to change. These programs have shown to be very important for students transitioning from one type of school to another and help them start off at the new school, prepared and ready to learn!

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Summer STEM Programming Registrations are OPEN!
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We are excited to announce that registrations links for the following summer programs are open! Please see the links and instructions below.

All GEAR UP students in the 7th-12th grades are eligible to participate in the UNLV STEM Virtual Summer Camp. GEAR UP will cover the cost for up to 50 students to take one module of this camp which runs throughout the month of July. There are four modules that cover a variety of topics. Each module runs three hours/day for two weeks. Hurry! Students must register by May 1st!! To register, go to the website: . In addition to the module, there will be special STEM career exploration programming just for GEAR UP students!

Registration for the tech certification courses through Nevada Help Desk is also open for GEAR UP students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. These courses will start in July. The following are the course options:
  • Google (for students 18 years or older)
  • Microsoft (Azure or Teams)
  • Adobe Web Development, Graphic Design, or Video Design
  • Amazon Cloud Practitioner (for students 18 years or older)
  • CyberSecurity (CyberForensics Associate)
  • CyberSecurity (Ethical Hacking Associate)
  • Facebook Blueprint (for students 18 years or older)
All classes are virtual. However, if a student does not have access to a computer or high speed internet, they have an option to attend in-person training and lab hours at the Historic Westside Cox Innovation Lab in Las Vegas.

Note: When registering, students must indicate the July start cohort and also indicate "Janet Stake" as the referral source. Here is the link: . Space is limited so don't delay - register today!!

If you have questions about the UNLV STEM Summer Camp or the Nevada Help Desk tech certifications, contact Janet Stake at .
First Cohort of ASPIRE Scholars has been Selected!

We are very excited to announce that the first cohort of ASPIRE Scholars has been selected. There were 36 students from our middle schools chosen to participate. These students will receive tutoring and mentoring in STEM areas. In addition, they will participate in a six week summer program which will focus on STEM learning in many interesting and varied areas.

In the fall, we will be looking to increase the number of students participating in the program. In fact we hope to more than triple in size by opening applications to 7th and 8th graders. We will keep you posted as information is released. If you have any questions on the ASPIRE Scholars program, you may contact the program director, Nicole Stella at .
We Will Miss You!
Recently, three GEAR UP colleagues announced their plans to move on to different positions. We are so sorry to see them go but we are so excited for them as they pursue new endeavors.

We have to say good-bye to Melissa Schroeder, the Nevada State GEAR UP Director. Melissa will be starting a new position with the US Department of Education! Not only are we happy for her new role, we are thrilled to have another GEAR UP advocate working at the federal level.
Our second departure is the Principal Investigator for the NSHE subaward, Nate Mackinnon. Nate will be leaving GEAR UP, NSHE, and Nevada to head back to Massachusetts where he will assume the role of Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges. Nate has been with GEAR UP as the PI since 2018.
Last but not least, TMCC First Year College Advisor, Mari Jimenez Ortiz will be moving over to the Upward Bound program at UNR as the Upward Bound Counselor. Mari has been with GEAR UP since 2012. As one of the longest serving staff members, GEAR UP just won't be the same without her. UNR and Upward Bound are lucky to have you Mari!
College Knowledge Video Series

Our team has worked hard this year to produce a number of useful video resources that have been shared on social media and posted on the GEARUPNV YouTube Channel. Our goal is to build and provide a resource for students and families that can be accessed at any time to provide basic college information and answer some questions. Adding to an already enhanced offering, in the coming weeks, we will be releasing new videos on NSHE institutions as well as general college knowledge topics such as college terminology, dual enrollment, scholarships, and more. One video you will not want to miss is the "What I Wish I Knew Before Going to College" featuring our FYCAs and their tips for starting off college life on the right foot.
If not otherwise noted, questions regarding content in this Digest should be directed to: 
Janet Stake, NSHE GEAR UP Director, Programming and Outreach
Funded by USDE Nevada State GEAR UP Grant #P334S190009