Nevada GEAR UP Digest
 September 2021
Welcome September! Who's ready for cooler temperatures, cozy sweaters, fall colors, and pumpkin spiced everything? Who's excited for College Corners, GEAR UP West, and College application and FAFSA season?

All of this is coming up in a few short weeks! Be on the lookout for announcements regarding so many activities that will help students with all the necessary information they will need to make their best choice for life after high school. We are heading into a very exciting time! Are you ready?
This month's blog was written by GEAR UP First Year College Advisor at NSC, Tanya Smith. Read it here!

National GEAR UP Week
September 20th-24th!
Look for the NSHE team at each of our GEAR UP high schools during National GEAR UP Week! We will be holding an NSHE College and Scholarship Fair to meet students and introduce Nevada's public colleges and universities. We will also have some invited guests attending too! Here is the schedule:
Tuesday, 9/21 at 11:00 - Bonanza High School
Wednesday, 9/22 at 11:00 - Durango High School
Thursday, 9/23 at 11:00 - Pahrump Valley High School
Friday, 9/24 at 10:45 - Clark High School.

October 17-20, 2021
For right now, we are expecting GEAR UP West, a regional conference that includes Nevada, to be in person. This event is being held in Billings, MT. Registration is open. You may register at this link:
We will be watching for updates and will include them in the Digest as they are released.

Social Media
(For all students, parents, staff and supporters)
Don't forget to like and follow @gearupnv on any or all of our social media platforms! You can use the icons above to access the GEAR UP accounts. Here's a tip! Rumor has it there will be another social media drawing for all new followers!
College Corners Resume in September!
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The weekly College Corners at all of the GEAR UP schools started up again in September but this time they will be held in person! As long as it is safe to do so, the GEAR UP College Coordinator and the First Year College Advisors in collaboration with the GEARUP Specialists at each school will be visiting on a weekly/rotating basis. It is a great opportunity for students to meet the college staff and have their college questions answered. In addition, from time to time, there will be special presentations, activities, and guest speakers.
Good-Bye Elizabeth! Hello Jairon!

We are sorry to see GBC First Year College Advisor, Elizabeth Duryea, leave the GEAR UP program but we are happy for her in her new role! Elizabeth will be staying on at GBC as the Dual Enrollment Coordinator. We suspect we will cross paths with her again in the future!
TMCC recently brought on their new First Year College Advisor, Jairon Castellanos Boteo. Jairon (the 'n' is silent) comes to us from Washoe County School District. Jairon was born in Guatemala but he grew up in Reno. He has earned both his bachelor's and master's in social work from UNR as well as a recent associate in theology from TMCC. He is a first generation college graduate and has prior experience working with GEAR UP, Upward Bound, TRiO, and similar programs at UNR.
Kick Off Week Complete!
The first week of the new grant year was very busy to say the least. HUGE shout out to all of our schools, staff, students and parents for their participation! Likewise to the Student Success Agency (SSA) for their enthusiastic and energetic presentations at all of the schools! We couldn't have done it without help from our GEAR UP Specialists and the many teachers that showed the presentations during their class times!

We really appreciate all of the effort used to spread the word on GEAR UP services. Year 3 is off to a great start!
Correction Needed!

In the August issue of the Digest, we mistakenly printed an incorrect last name for the new GEAR UP Specialist at Durango High School, Donovan Stewart. We are so sorry for the error, Donovan!
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If not otherwise noted, questions regarding content in this Digest should be directed to: 
Janet Stake, NSHE GEAR UP Director, Programming and Outreach
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