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The college and career journey for your student(s) is an ongoing process and starts as early as the 6th grade. Your student will spend a significant amount of time preparing for the next steps in their educational journey throughout their middle school and high school years. Know that you are not alone!
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We at the Harvest of Hope GEAR UP Programs are here to help you and your students achieve the dream of academic success and attending post-secondary education. We offer help in academic success, the college admission process, career exploration, finding options for paying for college, and many other programs, classes, and services. 

GEAR UP Services

  • Academic Coaching
  • Campus Tours
  • Career Exploration
  • College & Career Planning
  • College Readiness Activities
  • Family Engagement Programs
  • Financial Aid Preparation and Planning
  • Guidance on Post-Secondary Admissions
  • Interest Surveys
  • Leadership Programs & Camps
  • Summer STEM Programs & Camps
  • Teacher Professional Development
  • Test Prep
  • Tutoring–before, during, after-school, and virtually


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Who Does HOH GEAR UP Help?
GEAR UP is a federally funded program dedicated to providing academic support, guidance, and financial aid knowledge for all cohort students through middle school, high school, and the first year of college.
Are there any costs? 
There is no cost to participate in GEAR UP and no application to complete. Students enrolled in a GEAR UP cohort at a partner school automatically receive GEAR UP services. 
Who is in the GEAR UP Cohort? 
All students graduating high school in 2025 and 2027 at a partner school are Harvest of Hope GEAR UP students (these are the 6th and 7th graders in the 2020-2021 school year). 

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Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) provides services and academic support to all students in the graduating classes of 2026 and 2027 at our HOH V partner schools. These students are 6th and 7th graders in the 2020-21 school year. GEAR UP helps students prepare for and succeed in high school, higher education, and their futures. The GEAR UP Program is in the following school districts: 
College Place
Moses Lake
Soap Lake
Walla Walla 
Middle Schools: 2020–2023
High Schools: 2022–2026
College Place
John Sager Middle School
College Place High School
Dayton Middle and High Schools
Park Middle School
Highlands Middle School
Kennewick High School
Kamiakin High School
Southridge High School
Moses Lake
Frontier Middle SChool
Endeavor Middle School
Chief Moses Middle School
Moses Lake Hugh School 
McFarland Middle School
Othello High School
Prescott Junior/Senior High School
Soap Lake
Soap Lake Middle and High Schools
Touchet Elementary / High School
Warden Middle and High Schools
Walla Walla
Garrison Middle School 
Pioneer Middle School
Walla Walla High School 
Frontier Middle School
Site Manager:
Esmeralda Razo
(509) 766-2662 ex 2274
Washington State University Tri-Cities
GEAR UP Programs
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 99354
(509) 372-7298
"When I first heard about college and universities through GEAR UP, I thought that path was not for me due to my immigration status. GEAR UP not only set me up for success for college, but I was able to grow as a leader, thanks to this program." –Recent GEAR UP high school graduate
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