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Bronx Institute Workshops Help GEAR UP Families Clear a Path to College

March 30, 2010

The Bronx Institute recently hosted two workshops on the Lehman campus aimed at informing GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) students and their families about paying for college.

Over two hundred ninth and eleventh grade students and their families attended the events, which featured presentations on scholarships, grants, work-study, and student loans. Students learned about tools to help them explore and align their career and education goals.

Family events are one component of GEAR UP, the Institute's multi-year college readiness program that serves over eight thousand middle and high school students in dozens of Bronx public schools. In middle school, the events focus on choosing a high school, financial literacy, and saving for college. In high school, they cover the SAT, ACT, and New York State Regents exams, scholarships and financial aid, actual and virtual tours of colleges, and using the Internet to research colleges and the admission process. The multi-year approach allows students and families to learn together and accumulate knowledge over time.

"Family events strengthen our college-going community by informing parents about the myriad of possibilities for their children following high school graduation," said Professor Herminio Martinez, Executive Director of The Bronx Institute and faculty member in the Department of Middle and High School Education.

On May 6, The Bronx Institute's GEAR UP Network will host its annual GEAR UP College Fair for parents and students. The event will take place in the Faculty and East Dining Rooms at 6 p.m. in the Music Building.