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Welcome to GEAR UP

Our Services Include: Click here to access the GEAR UP Student of the Month nomination form!

    • Tutoring and Academic Assistance
    • Summer Academies
    • Interaction with Colleges and Universities
    • Post-secondary Education Information
    • Career Exploration and Investigation
    • Parent Workshops
    • Goal Setting Workshops

It’s time to GEAR UP and get serious about your education! If you are looking for a fun and adventurous program, a way to be involved, or just some extra tutoring, GEAR UP is for you. If you aren’t already enrolled you are missing out on a great opportunity. GEAR UP activities include cultural events, career exploration, and ways to jump start your college education.

For more information, contact:

Chelse DePaolo-Lara
GEAR UP Site Coordinator
(307) 268-3036
Strausner Center, Room 103
Fax: (307) 268-2847

This program can also answer questions that you may have about college, help with testing fees, and provide opportunities to make new friends.

GEAR UP also has post-secondary scholarships available for enrolled students.If you are in 7th-12th grade, actively seeking your GED, or participating in home-school, please contact us for more information.

In conjunction with Casper College, GEAR UP helps youth to be successful in junior high or high school and encourages the pursuit of post-secondary education. Through partnering with local schools and community agencies, participants are exposed to a variety of fun, educational activities!

PortraitChelse DePaolo-Lara, Site Coordinator:
She holds a M.S. degree in Organizational Management from Chadron State College and a B.S. degree in Psychology from Missouri Valley College. Chelse teaches classes for the Continuing Education Department on campus. In her spare time she loves to read and conduct community service through the Roataract club she helped found.
  PortraitStephanie Marker, Student Success Advisor:
She holds a B.A. in Secondary Science/Biology Education from the University of Wyoming, and an A.S. in Physical Education from Casper College. Stephanie enjoys running, camping, hiking, biking, and anything outdoors. Reading, drinking coffee and hanging with friends, family, and her Springer Spaniel Maximus are just a few things she enjoys in her spare time.
PortraitAndrea Covert, Program Specialist:
She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming and is a Certified K-6th grade teacher. Before joining the GEAR UP team, Andrea worked for seven years with Upward Bound where she worked with students in grades 9-12. In her spare time, Andrea loves relaxing with her beautiful puppy Karma, reading, cooking and spending time with her friends and family.
  PortraitLisa Brown, Student Success Advisor:
She holds a B.S. in Family Studies from Brigham Young and is a Certified Family Life Educator. Before joining the GEAR UP team, Lisa worked for three years as a 4-H Afterschool teacher where she worked with students in grades 1-6. In her spare time, Lisa loves reading and cooking (especially desserts), and being with friends and family.
PortraitAnna Skimbova, Administrative Assistant:
Anna was born in Ukraine, and raised in Russia. She came to Casper when she was 22. She has two children. She attended a Climb Wyoming program to get a career that she wanted and to support her family. Anna says it's the best thing that happened for her and her family! The second best thing is GEAR UP. She loves working at the GEAR UP office!

Click Here for the GEAR UP Gazette

Check out the latest edition of the "GEAR UP Gazette"

Excerpts from articles in this month's issue:

  • Paying for College: The FAFSA Low Down: "The most critical and beneficial place to start is by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as the FAFSA. “The FAFSA determines whether a student qualifies for Pell grants as well as other federal and state grants, loans and work-study opportunities and helps families figure out how to afford higher education.”

  • GEAR UP Focus Events: GEAR UP's Science Club, Explore Animal Science Majors

  • Note from Staff: "The arrival of the spring semester escorts the arrival of the R-word. That R-word in the GEAR UP office is RECRUITMENT. This is always a busy and exciting time of year for us. We look forward to the opportunity to add new students to our program and extend our opportunities to new faces!"

  • As well as "Scholarship Corner," "Birthday Box-February," "School of the Month," "Riddles," "GEAR UP Happenings," "College Spotlight," "Meet the GEAR UP Staff," "Recipe Box," and the "GEAR UP Calendar of Events."

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Find out what's going on with GEAR UP in Woyming by reading the GEAR UP Wyoming Matters spring newsletter. The spring issue highlights include: a former GEAR UP Wyoming student shares her study-abroad story; the Laramie County Community College GEAR UP program.

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  • Application:
    • CLICK HERE to access the Casper College GEAR UP Application Form.

  • Scholarships:
    • CLICK HERE to access the Casper College GEAR UP Enrichment Scholarship Application Form.

    • GEAR UP Wyoming Federal Scholarship: Deadlines:
      • April 1: Completed FAFSA
      • June 1: For fall semester
      • November 1: For spring semester
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GEAR UP Statewide:

GEAR UP is funded by the Department of Education. Below are GEAR UP programs around the state. The GEAR UP grant is managed at the University of Wyoming, with student programming coordinated through each of Wyoming's seven community colleges.

GEAR UP Related Links:

Casper Star Tribune - On Track to College (January 2010):

GEAR UP Wyoming Matters - Community College Spotlight (Spring 2009):

Casper Journal - GEAR UP Students Participate in UW Discovery Day (December 2008)

GEAR UP Wyoming - Fast Facts (November 2008):

Casper Star Tribune - Tutoring Program Starts With a Bang (October 2007):

K2TV - Gearing Up For Success (September 2013):

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