Colleagues, Friends, and Partners


Palomar College in partnership with the San Marcos Unified School District, and the Escondido Union & Union High School Districts, has received a new federal GEAR UP partnership program grant. We are supported by 60 educational, community, and commerce partners. We are 1 of 46 grants selected in October, 2011, with over 1,500 applications nationwide. GEAR UP is a prestigious and proven United States Department of Education grant that puts federal tax dollars, in collaboration with the regional partners, back into our local educational and economic systems.

GEAR UP, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, serves over 10,000 students as it progresses with current 7th and 8th graders, from middle school to high school, and through the first to second year of college completion (2011-2020); it is an effective longitudinal school/student/family intervention/support program that leads more students toward better preparation for college and the abilities to obtain a college degree, with plans for a career in local industries. GEAR UP is not just a noun (program name), it is a verb, with innovative strategies for achieving concrete educational objectives for students at the target schools in San Marcos and Escondido.

Unique to GEAR UP, it requires partnerships with local businesses
and demands that we find ways to better connect commerce and future industries with middle school and high school students, tea chers, and parents, especially to promote the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Toward that goal we announce our inaugural GEAR UP Partnership Reception, on September 12th at 5pm (see invitation and feel free to share it). Please join us to learn more about GEAR UP, how it can help you connect and grow your business, organization, or local leadership endeavors.

We welcome you to explore a partnership opportunity with The Palomar College GEAR UP Partnership Program. We look forward to seeing you on 9/12 !
Calvin One Deer Gavin | Cecilia Rocha