• TEXAS GEAR UP (The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) project is a seven-year federal initiative designed to increase early college awareness and readiness in traditionally underrepresented groups. Texas GEAR UP is divided into two major strands:

    • Statewide initiatives that help achieve GEAR UP goals across the state.
    • A district intervention package, providing intensive, multifaceted P-16 programming in four high-need school districts. The district intervention package is delivered in coordination with The University of Texas at Austin, Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) office for College Access.


  • The district intervention package is implemented in a cohort model beginning with all 7th grade students in seven participating middle schools. The intervention package will follow the cohort through all middle and high school grades and the first year of postsecondary education. The cohort size consists of 1,965 students at the start of the grant in Fall 2012.

    Texas GEAR UP provides resources for educators, students, and parents on topics including:

    • College Readiness
    • College Awareness 
    • Advanced Academics 
    • Promising Outreach Practices 
    • Financial Aid 
    • Parent Involvement 
    • Mentors, Mindsets, and Relationships 

    Nationally, GEAR UP students graduate from high school at a higher rate than their peers - regardless of ethnicity or income - and attend college at a higher rate. 

  • Texas GEAR UP is following a cohort of students from Dunbar’s 7th grade in 2013 through their freshman year of college.  Texas GearUP is currently serving the Estacado High School graduating class of 2018. These students receive tutoring, mentoring and college advising as well as participate in a variety of college readiness activities and events. 


   Hosted by 

   Janie Ramirez

   Outreach Programs Administrator

   Texas Tech University.  

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The East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood is an US Department of Education funded initiative committed to working with the residents of East Lubbock, Texas to support and advocate for our children – ensuring that both children and parents have access to the resources they need to grow, learn and succeed.

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