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GEAR UP Jefferson County

July 2020

How will school look in the fall? That is the million dollar question and the answer is changing each and every day. Our school leaders are working diligently to make plans that will benefit our students and at the same time keep everyone safe. GEAR UP Jefferson County is continuing our efforts to support our schools and students for this exciting, yet unique, school year. 
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Virtual Services

Throughout the summer, GEAR UP Jefferson County has worked on ways to deliver services and support virtually to our students, schools and families. As many of our schools make the decision to start school remotely, the area facilitators are making adjustments to provide the National Council for Community and Education Partnership (NCCEP) curriculum to the entire cohort this school year in an online format. The focus will be on engaging the students as they familiarize themselves with college and career pathways. 


GEAR UP Jefferson County Updates

Digital Services: Our 2020-2021 bids are in! We hope to finalize contracts and services in the coming weeks based on each of our schools’ needs.

Transition to 9th Grade: Time is flying by! The oldest students in our cohort will be entering 9th grade this year and we are exploring ways to support them during this transition. GEAR UP Jefferson County will be partnering with our schools to provide our students with the best start possible.

Summer Camps: Our summer camps are winding down. We are so proud of all of our students who attended and overwhelmingly pleased with our partners who went above and beyond to provide such fun ways to connect with the kids this summer.




Principal Investigator: Dr. Jennifer Alexiou-Ray

Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Cassie Raulston, Dr. Amy Samuels, Dr. Greg Samuels and Dr. Alvin Taylor

Project Director: Jenny Ceesay

Financial Manager: Sharon Hardie

Administrative Assistant: Laura Howard

Area Facilitators: Chrystal Tolbert Abernathy, Demetrius Castleberry, Tiffany Dukes, Shay Traywick, Jacques Watkins

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