GEAR UP Maine Bulletin
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June, 2019


GEAR UP Maine staff

Grant Must Do's
June Must Do's

College Access Team Members
  • Finalize year 6 action plan
  • Submit services/activities in SCRIBE and provide Request for Reimbursement Packet to Business Managers 
Business Managers
  • Make sure all outstanding invoices are submitted by July 15th
Data Stewards
  • Please refer to the Data Team Calendar for May-June Must Do's
What's Happening 

Game of LIFE at Wisdom High School

On Monday, April 29, Wisdom High School hosted a Game Show Palooza. It ran the whole morning. Students were organized into 12 teams to compete to be the ultimate Game of Life champions. They participated in popular games such as:  Who Wants To Be A College Graduate, Let’s Make a Deal, and Name that Major to name a few. Games included Who wants to be a College Grad which was about the College Application process, Family Feud: Soft Skills edition, Price is Right: College Costs, Name that Career Cluster, Jeopardy: Job Market Edition, and Let’s Make a Deal: Financial Aid. Each team was guaranteed a prize.  All students received a Wisdom College Access Shirt as well. This morning of College and Career Readiness was brought to our learners by our Wisdom’s College Access Team and the GEAR UP and MELMAC grants.

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Multiple Pathways Pilot Two-Day
College Exploration

Telstar 11th graders went on a two day college exploration in Boston led by Focus Training and Telstar staff as part of the Multiple Pathways Pilot.  Students toured Wheaton College, Boston College, Endicott College, and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  Students were most impressed with Wheaton partly because its small size and location outside the city felt more like home.   Though some were discouraged by the sticker price, conversations about endowments, grants, etc were encouraging.
Narraguagus Students Participate in
Campus Immersion

8th grade students from Narraguagus participated in a campus immersion as part of the 37/EdGE GEAR UP pilot.  Students spent 3 days and 2 nights on the Washington County Community College campus where they enrolled classes specially designed for them by WCCC professors.  Plumbing, medical assisting, Computer Aided Design, and computer programming were studied.  In the afternoons, students and staff from the Adventure, Recreation, and Tourism program led the Narraguagus students through outdoor adventure activities including survival training.  Students also participated in the social aspects of college such as playing pool in the student center, pizza delivery to the dorms in the evening, and rooming with pod style dorm rooms. 
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The GEAR UP Maine program is funded through a grant (reference #P3345050037;
Karmon Simms-Coates, Project Officer) from the U.S. Department of Education to
University of Maine at Farmington administered by Syntiro.

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