GEAR UP Atlantic Cape Offers Resources Needed to Succeed in Higher Education

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Atlantic Cape is one of seven colleges in New Jersey to offer GEAR UP, a grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education providing academic support, college preparation and activities to middle and high school students.

GEAR UP strives to raise academic awareness, increase academic aspirations and strengthen academic achievement among low income students. By coupling student services (like free tutoring, mentoring, academic and career counseling, skills workshops and college visits) with parental involvement initiatives, GEAR UP educates students and families about the value of higher education, the college enrollment process and financial aid possibilities.

Eligible students in six schools (Pleasantville Middle School, Pleasantville High School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Complex, Sovereign Avenue School, Uptown Complex and Atlantic City High School) can register with GEAR UP to participate in the Academic Year Program and the Summer Academy.

Once registered with the program, students are followed throughout their primary and secondary school years and through the first year of college enrollment.

Seats are available for interested students. For more information on Atlantic Cape GEAR UP, contact Robert Kusmiesz at (609) 343-5683 or

Brittany Holmes

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