Register: 2013 GEAR UP Capacity Building Workshop

With the 2013 GEAR UP Capacity-Building Workshop (CBW) just around the corner, it is a good idea to get registered before the holidays!

The dates for the upcoming CBW are February 3 – 6, 2013 – at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. To learn about the tracks for the conference, the schedule and the hotel, click here.

The daily learning tracks at NCCEP’s Capacity-Building Workshop are designed to provide information and practical tips and tools that you and your GEAR UP team can incorporate into your current projects. There is also time to network with fellow GEAR UP professionals from other projects to hear about ways to strengthen GEAR UP programming. Roundtables are offered as another venue to explore ideas with colleagues in a smaller, informal setting. In keeping with the Capacity-Building Workshop approach, the general sessions provide both a networking time and a chance to hear speakers elaborate on the key issues facing higher education and the GEAR UP community today.

You don’t want to miss out on this valuable learning experience. I hope to see you in February at the CBW!

Nathan Monell, CAE
President & CEO
National Council for Community and Education Partnerships


Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea: ScholarShare College Savings Plan

About ScholarShare

ScholarShare is California’s official 529 College Savings Plan and California GEAR UP statewide partner. Anyone can open a ScholarShare Account for anyone else, and more than one person can contribute to a single Account. ScholarShare funds may be used at thousands of eligible educational institutions for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for enrollment or attendance, as well as certain room and board expenses. Account owners control the selection of ScholarShare investment portfolios, withdrawals, and change in beneficiary. Note: Transfers and rollovers may be subject to differences in features, costs and surrender charges. Indirect transfers may be subject to taxation and penalties. Consult your tax advisor about your own situation.


Whether your child or loved one is a newborn or entering high school, ScholarShare, California’s 529 College Savings Plan, can help you achieve your college savings goals. Here’s how ScholarShare can make a child’s future brighter:

  • California state and federal income tax deferral on any earnings
  • Withdrawals for qualified higher education expenses are state and federal income tax free*
  • For use at many schools nationwide and abroad — undergraduate and graduate programs, community colleges and trade schools
  • Low minimum contribution of just $25 and a high maximum account balance limit
  • A low, annual asset-based fee and no annual account maintenance fees
  • Family and friends may contribute

To learn more about the ScholarShare College Savings Plan, visit or call 800.544.5248.

Consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before investing in the ScholarShare College Savings Plan. Visit, or call the Plan, for a Disclosure Booklet containing this and other information. Read it carefully.

Before investing in a 529 plan, consider whether the state where you or your Beneficiary resides has a 529 plan that offers favorable state tax benefits that are available if you invest in that state’s 529 plan.

The tax information contained herein is not intended to be used, and cannot be used, by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties. Taxpayers should seek advice, based on their own particular circumstances, from an independent tax advisor.

Investments in the Plan are neither insured nor guaranteed except for TIAA-CREF Life Insurance Company’s guarantee to the ScholarShare College Savings Plan under the Funding Agreement for the Principal Plus Interest Portfolio, and there is a risk of investment loss. Account values will fluctuate based on a number of factors, including general market conditions.

TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc., Program Manager.

ScholarShare’s Program Manager: TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. (TFI), part of the TIAA-CREF group of companies, is a leader in 529 college savings plan management. TFI provides program management services for ScholarShare. TIAA-CREF is a national financial services group of companies and a leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields.

Statewide Higher Education Tools Conference Announced

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California GEAR UP is pleased to invite you to attend ‘Effective Tools for Preparing Students for Access and Success in Higher Education.’ Presented by a statewide network of higher education organizations, the purpose of this conference is to begin the scalability process with respect to these resource tools and strategies with the following objectives in mind:

  • More secondary school and higher educational staff will be aware and knowledgeable of these resource tools
  • Secondary schools, Academic Preparation Program staff, and community organizations will adopt and adapt these tools to expand the efficacy and effectiveness of their college counseling with students.

Ultimately, the goal of this conference is that more students, particularly from African-American, Latino, Native American, and low-income communities, will be prepared for enrollment and success in college through the utilization of these resource tools. Members of these audiences are highly encouraged to attend: Secondary School Administrators, Counselors, and Teachers, Community Organization Staff, Guiding Secondary School Students on College Preparation, Academic Preparation Program Directors, Counselors, and Advisors, Outreach Officers from Higher Educational Institutions. 

Sponsors include:

ACT, Inc.

Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

California Community Colleges

California Department of Education

California GEAR UP Program

California State University

College Access Foundation of California

California Education Round Table Intersegmental Coordinating Committee (ICC)

College Board

ScholarShare College Savings Plan

University of California

To register at no cost, please visit the ICC  Website.