EAC hosts students from GEAR UP program for preview day
By Jeanné Schaser
THATCHER, AZ—Eighth grade students from Fort Thomas and Pima school districts involved in the Gaining Early Awareness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), sponsored by Eastern Arizona College, recently attended a special preview day at the College sponsored by EAC Admissions Counselor Erik Lehmann and GEAR UP Project Director Carter McEuen. Other speakers included Eldon Woodall, EAC Director of Grants; Dr. Gary Sorensen, EAC Dean of Students; and EAC Intertribal Club President Leah Werito. The students then toured campus with members of the EAC Advance Team.
“This was a great event for our students to learn more about potential careers and post-secondary opportunities at Eastern Arizona College,” says Ryan Conrad, site coordinator for the GEAR UP progam. “The students are only in the eighth grade this school year but time moves quickly and we want to make sure they have a plan in place for their futures.”
Teachers from Pima and Fort Thomas also attended the event. Pima teacher Patricia Dahlin-Dunne said, “I was very impressed with EAC and the opportunities for individual student involvement. I was equally impressed with the faculty and staff and the beautiful campus. When we finished the tour, I heard many students say they were going to EAC when they graduate from Pima.”
EAC Admission Counselor Erik Lehmann added, “EAC was very excited to host the GEAR UP students from Fort Thomas and Pima. We hope each student left campus today with a positive and memorable experience about EAC and has a little more excitement about their future opportunities.”
Fort Thomas and Pima school districts are participating in the Pathway To College/GEAR UP grant, a federally funded grant program that works with students nationwide. The purpose of the Pathway To College program is to prepare students academically and financially to enter and succeed in college. The program is currently serving students in nine school districts throughout eastern Arizona.