Nevada GEAR UP Digest
November 2021
Happy November! We cannot believe it is already approaching the end of the year! The last few months have been very busy with FAFSA season, scholarship deadlines, college applications, campus visits, and so much more! The holidays and winter break will be here before we know it too! Even though it is a very busy time, it is good to take a moment to think about what we are thankful for every day. For us, we are grateful for the GEAR UP program, our colleagues, students, and families!

The last two months of the year are always the busiest. See below for some of the fun activities that have been hosted. Stay tuned for all the amazing opportunities planned for the coming months! Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
This month's blog was written by Nevada GEAR UP Specialist at Durango High School - Donovan Stewart! You can read it here!
Interim Performance Report (IPR)
Just a quick reminder that the reporting period for the IPR ends on November 28th. Preparations to complete the report should begin early as there is a very short turn around time for submission.

NCCEP Capacity Building Workshop
NCCEP recently announced that the annual Capacity Building Workshop, originally scheduled to be held in San Antonio in February, will be held virtually instead. Registration is open. For more information or to register, visit their website:

2022 Nevada ACT/CoNVerge Virtual Conference
February 24 & 25, 2022
For 2022, Nevada ACT State Organization and the Nevada CoNVerge Conference have partnered to provide a timely and relevant professional development opportunity to education, counseling, college access, and workforce professionals. Registration is open! The cost is only $35 for this two-day event. Visit the website for more information or to register:

2022 NCCEP National Conference, Washington DC
July 17-20, 2022
The request for breakout session proposals for the national conference this summer is open. Deadline to file a proposal is December 22nd. Remember, you must have budgeted to attend the conference or do a budget modification to attend if you want to present. Here is the link with more information and to submit a proposal:

Social Media
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Thank You and Good-Bye to Morgan!
We just want to take a moment and say thank you and good-bye to Morgan Fullmer who was the GEAR UP First Year College Advisor at UNLV. Morgan has been a great help to our program. We are so sad to see her go yet so happy to see her become a full-time academic advisor for the College of Science at UNLV! Best of luck to you Morgan as you start your new endeavor. We will miss you!
Welcome New GEAR UP Staff!

Jennifer Arlet Rocha is a new GEAR UP Communications Specialist in Reno, Nevada. She was raised in Reno, where she is currently attending the University of Nevada, Reno majoring in neuroscience and minoring in substance abuse. She is very excited to be working with GEAR UP and helping to spread information about college attendance to high school students.
Ruth Gomez-Martinez is also a new GEAR UP Communications Specialist. She is a first-generation college student who graduated from Truckee Meadows Community College with an associate degree in business. Ruth is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Nevada, Reno. Ruth enjoys helping others with facilitating their college experience. 
Destiney Duff is the new GEAR UP Facilitator at Pahrump Valley High School! Destiney is from Pahrump and graduated from GBC with a degree in Elementary Education. Destiney wants to help make as many students as she can feel comfortable and know that they have people in their corner rooting them on. 

We are so happy to welcome all of our new team members!
Pahrump Valley High School Students Attend Southern Nevada College Week and Visit the UNLV Campus!
Recently, 41 junior and senior students from PVHS were able to attend the WACAC College Fair that is part of the Southern Nevada College Week. This fair, held at The Expo World Market Center in Las Vegas, hosted nearly 100 colleges from all over the country. Students were able to meet with college representatives, ask questions, and get information.

In another trip to Las Vegas, a group of 39 students were given a tour of the beautiful UNLV campus! Students from all grade levels participated in this event. The students were very interested in seeing and hearing about college life. They were particularly impressed with the new Hospitality Building with it's rooftop deck that has a panoramic view of the iconic Las Vegas strip!
SLOOH Launched at Durango!

Our GEAR UP program has been gifted with access for a large number of teachers and students to be able to have a Slooh account and access to all that entails. Slooh is an astronomy organization that runs telescopes around the world. Not only can students control these telescopes but they can also take images and schedule "missions". There are a variety of learning quests too. In addition, Slooh has a representative, John Boisvert, located right in Las Vegas. He is available for professional development opportunities for school faculty. Fortunately, this collaboration with Slooh happens at a time when Durango High School launched its Space Force ROTC program. This a brand new nation-wide effort that is only in 10 schools around the country! This will be an amazing partnership!

Look for additional information in the coming weeks so we can get many more GEAR UP students access to these Slooh accounts. For more information, contact Janet Stake,
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