EAC hires project director for GEAR-UP grant program
By Jeanné Clark
THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College recently hired Carter McEuen as project director for the new GEAR-UP (Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant program, a program that will be used to serve 865 high school and junior high school students over the next seven years.
McEuen will oversee the hiring and training of intervention specialists for the program, a task that will begin immediately. “We’re excited to get this program in the schools as soon as possible so that we can start helping the students,” says McEuen.
These intervention specialists will be working directly with students and staff in the partner schools: Diné College, Chinle Unified School District, Clifton Unified School District, Fort Thomas Unified School District, Gila Regional School District, Miami Unified School District, Payson Unified School District, Red Mesa Unified School District, and San Carlos Unified School District. McEuen said that Miami and San Carlos will share an intervention specialist, as will Fort Thomas and Clifton.
McEuen graduated from EAC with an associate degree in General Studies, and then went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from University of Arizona in Agricultural Science and Education. He received his master’s degree from Western New Mexico University in Educational Leadership. After finishing his education, McEuen spent his first year of teaching in Bowie as a vocational agriculture instructor.
After leaving Bowie, McEuen taught the sixth grade at Pima schools for three years before going to Fort Thomas schools, where he has spent the last twenty-five years. He taught sixth grade there for three years before becoming the Junior High/High School principal for the past 22 years.
McEuen feels fortunate to be joining EAC for this program. “One of the greatest things I’ve noticed at EAC is how friendly everyone is—they just go out of their way to help,” he said. “I really look forward to getting the GEAR-UP project off the ground and into the schools.”