GEAR UP

Illustration of GEAR Up advisors sitting at their classroom desks
Gear Up logoThe Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) is federally funded by the Department of Education. The GEAR UP program provides services and support to the Class of 2023, 2024, & 2027 to prepare them for success in high school, higher education, and their future. The GEAR UP program offers activities and services to students and their families about the available opportunities for post-secondary education. For more information about GEAR UP in Finley Middle School (Class of 2027), contact Lesly Acosta at 509-586-7561 or lacosta@earlyoutreach.wsu.edu. For more information about GEAR UP in River View High School (Class of 2023 & 2024), contact Serapia Pulgarin at 509-582-2157 or spulgarin@earlyoutreach.wsu.edu.

For Middle School Students:

  • Before, During, and After School Tutoring
  • College & Career Planning Tools
  • Career Fairs
  • College Awareness & Readiness Activities
  • Community College & University Campus Visits
  • Financial Literacy Programs

For High School Students:

  • Before, During, and After School Tutoring
  • College & Career Planning, Awareness, and Readiness Activities
  • Community College & University Campus Visits
  • Financial Literacy Programs
  • Advising and Mentoring
  • Career & College Club
  • Financial Literacy Programs

For Parents & Families:

  • Information on Colleges and Careers
  • University & College Campus Visits
  • Evening Workshops & Activities
  • Family Financial College Planning
  • Information on Financial Aid
  • Guidance on College Admissions and Assistance with Application Process

GEAR UP Staff

Lesly V Acosta
Site Manager Washington State University Tri-Cities
GEAR UP Finley Middle School
lacosta@earlyoutreach.wsu.edu
509-582-2158

Serapia Pulgarin

Site Manager Washington State University Tri-Cities
GEAR UP River View High School
spulgarin@earlyoutreach.wsu.edu
509-582-2158

Upcoming Events

  • Summer school at River View High School
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Career & College Club Meetings

Helpful Links & Resources

  • theWashBoard.org - Looking for scholarships? theWashBoard.org connects Washington students with Washington scholarship providers for FREE!
  • College Score Card - College Scorecard compares colleges on measures such as cost, grade rates, average loans, etc.