Announces New Webinars is the one-stop website for information about higher education in California for students, counselors, and parents. It has been developed in collaboration with the California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), California Community Colleges (CCC), Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (A I C C U), and the California Department of Education. includes the following features: Explore Colleges and Careers Explore the full range of accredited public and non-profit colleges and universities in California and nationwide Determine the careers that best match your skills and interests Match schools and majors with your career interests Plan and Pay for College See … Announces New Webinars Read More »

California GEAR UP: Partnering for Student Success

By Christian Smith – CA GEAR UP Project Coordinator California GEAR UP: Partnering for Student Success The CA GEAR UP partnership with the California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) has had great results during the 2014-2015 school year. By working in collaboration with PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education) we now offer GEAR UP middle schools and their feeder high schools on-site training, utilizing as a tool to engage students and families and help promote a college going culture on campus.  Students will receive a systematic baseline of guidance and support through this technological tool for the college and career planning and preparation …

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CCGI’s mobile app, College Guide, is available on the Apple and Google Play App Stores. College Guide provides high school students (10th, 11th, and 12th), their parents, and their counselors with: A project management tool to navigate and track all the important goals related to college and financial aid planning. A thorough task list that users can mark as completed, add to their calendar, and share via social networks. Push notifications about key deadlines and important tips in the college planning and application process. Links to relevant web resources both on the portal and beyond. How students can use College Guide: Use “My … Launches Mobile App Read More »

Jackman Middle School Culminates with GEAR UP Bridge Project

 (Education Trust Award Ceremony) This year marked the celebration of 480 eight graders completing their final year at Jackman middle school and California GEAR UP Bridge Model cohort. The California GEAR UP  Bridge Model is characterized by collaboration, student progress tracking, and data sharing among a family of schools across educational levels for the purpose of preparing all students in the cohort for college. Data is  collected to measure the impact on student achievement and retention and provide valuable information as to the importance of aligning curriculum, increased communication across educational levels.  California GEAR UP supports the entire school community in …

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Valley High GEAR UP collaborates with

California GEAR UP Valley High School collaboration participated in a week long training on the interactive college prep website On the site students create a profile that allows them to track their progress towards college, including A-G requirements, career and interest assessments, grades tracking, and the ability to begin, finish, and submit their college applications directly to their chosen schools. Christian Smith is tasked with training all the Valley students in their English classes is supported throughout the state by its administrator, Michael Burton (pictured). Thanks Michael and Christian!