LEXINGTON, Ky. (4/11/13) – Approximately 200 7th and 8th grade students will venture across the University of Kentucky campus Friday, April 12, in an event supported by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education's "Gear Up Kentucky" and the UK Office of Undergraduate Admission.
GEAR UP Kentucky 3.0, an acronym for "Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs," is a six-year grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program serves 30 middle schools and their corresponding high schools in 22 counties in Kentucky, by providing services directly to students. These services include college tours, summer enrichment programs, assistance with applying for college and financial aid, academic advising, life skills training, e-Mentoring and career exploration. For parents or guardians, GUK 3.0 also offers services, information, and activities as well.
The students will attend various sessions across campus, beginning with a welcome from UK President Eli Capilouto, that focus on information regarding the admissions process, UK traditions like the fight song, and current student perspectives on their college experiences. Students will also go on a campus tour and attend hands-on sessions to document their points of view of the UK campus.
Students will also attend small groups led by UK undergraduate student researchers and UK Honors Program students, and participate in hands-on activities with STEM disciplines.
"We are pleased that these future alums will be on campus, interacting with and learning from current UK students," Benjamin C. Withers, director of the Honors Program and interim associate provost for Undergraduate Education, said. "We hope to demonstrate to them first-hand the value and excitement of an enriched education. We want them to see how, as the Commonwealth’s flagship institution and as a public research institution, UK can help them achieve their career and personal goals."
GUK 3.0 doesn’t focus just on students, it also focuses on the people who impact student development every day – principals, teachers, counselors, and others. GUK 3.0 school improvement services focus on creating a college-going culture in the school building by helping school leaders use data to make decisions, create targeted plans for improvement, and provide customized professional development.
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