Purdue, State Score Major Education Grant

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The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $24.5 million grant to Purdue University and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP, grant aims to help students stay on track from middle school through college.

Purdue says Indiana's GEAR UP program seeks to strengthen academic preparation, college readiness and career guidance. It will also have a special focus on students participating in the state's 21st Century Scholars program.

"Through this project, we will be able to provide much-needed support for students beginning in middle school that will enable them to experience success and have the opportunity to choose their future academic path," said Carla Johnson, associate dean for engagement and global partnerships at Purdue's College of Education. "This grant will not only support students, but will also provide on-the-ground professional development within Indiana partner schools to grow teacher effectiveness and after-school programs that will engage parents and the community."

Purdue says the state's GEAR UP project is a seven-year partnership with the CHE and other stakeholders, including the Indiana Department of Education, Conexus and numerous Indiana school corporations. Johnson will lead the program in collaboration with partners from the Purdue colleges of agriculture and science, Purdue Polytechnic Institute and Student Success at Purdue. 

The university says the partnerships will provide resources for K-12 students to ensure they graduate high school and are prepared for their preferred post-secondary education path. 

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