Wichita GEAR UP (WGU) is a pre-college program that serves an average of 3700 students within the Wichita School District (USD 259).

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GEARed UP for greatness!

Wichita GEAR UP is a federally funded program through Wichita State University, designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in education from middle school throughout high school. WGU staff works diligently in establishing a school culture that ensures each student has access to college readiness opportunities. The program strives to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education by addressing academic rigor, family and community engagement, financial literacy, and by providing information about applying for and paying for college. 

 
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North Wichita GEAR UP Grant 

Serving the Class of 2020 at Wichita North HS and Wichita West HS

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South Wichita GEAR UP Grant  

Serving the Class of 2020 at Wichita South HS and Wichita Southeast HS

 

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Southeast Wichita GEAR UP Grant

Serving the Class of 2023 at Wichita South HS and Wichita Southeast HS

 

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West Wichita GEAR UP Grant

Serving the Class of 2023 at Wichita North HS and Wichita West HS

 

North Wichita GEAR UP Grant

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Serving Class of 2020

Contact staff at Wichita North HS for more details

Schreen Williams

Enid Ortiz-Colon

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Serving Class of 2020

Contact staff at Wichita West HS for more details

Lavell Jackson 

Michael Lewis 

 

South Wichita GEAR UP Grant

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Serving Class of 2020

Contact staff at Wichita South HS for more details

Ervin Garnes 

Christy Royal 

 

 

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Serving Class of 2020

Contact staff at Wichita Southeast HS for more details

Ardalia (Diane) Criner 

Kelly Payton 

 

Southeast Wichita GEAR UP Grant

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Serving Class of 2023

Contact staff at Wichita Southeast HS  for more details

Alonzo Arredondo 

Danya Burks 

 

 

 

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Serving Class of 2023

Contact staff at Wichita South HS  for more details

 Charlotte Edwards

Katrina Smith 

West Wichita GEAR UP Grant

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Serving Class of 2023

Contact staff at Wichita West HS for more details

Joy Barnes 

Tom Wilcox 

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Serving Class of 2023

Contact staff at Wichita North HS for more details

 Candra Jones 

Shaunita Phillips 

Jason Selmon

 

 

What does Wichita GEAR UP do?

Wichita GEAR UP provides many free activities and services to help students and their families plan, apply and pay for education and training beyond high school. Examples include:

  • college campus visits and tours    
  • cultural activities                 
  • tutoring and mentoring 
  • credit recovery classes
  • ACT/SAT test preparation workshops
  • financial aid workshops
  • parent workshops
  • Summer programing
  • college exploration and preparation workshops
  • career workshops and shadowing
  • leadership camps
 

Who can participate in the program?

  • All current 12th-grade students, 2019-2020 school year, enrolled in our participating high schools, are eligible to receive services from either the North Wichita GEAR UP or South Wichita GEAR UP grants.
  • All current 9th-grade students, 2019-2020 school year, enrolled in our participating high schools, are eligible to receive services from either the Southeast Wichita GEAR UP or West Wichita GEAR UP grants.

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Wichita GEAR UP Leadership

Riccardo L. Harris, Executive Director 

Karen Rogers, Assistant Director for North/South Wichita GEAR UP

Wilma Holloway, Project Director for Southeast Wichita GEAR UP

Janice Wright, Project Director for West Wichita GEAR UP

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WGU Program Staff

 

Kelly Banks, Grants Coordinator

Barbara Pickens, Administrative Assistant

Anetra Miller, Marketing Site Coordinator

Adrienne McAlpine, Database Coordinator

Karen McNamee, Database Coordinator

 

 

Contact Us for More information

1845 Fairmount St., Campus Box 130
Wichita, Kansas 67260

316-202-5734

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