GEAR UP NC

Increasing post-secondary enrollment in Yancey County

GEAR UP NC's First Newsletter

Yancey County School's GEAR UP NC grant is in its 6th month of operation and we are pleased to report out on our progress to date.


Funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the University of North Carolina, the GEAR UP NC program has three goals:


  • Increase students’ academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education;
  • increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary education; and
  • increase GEAR UP students’ and their families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.


Although Mountain Heritage High School graduates students at a higher rate than the State average, we are very excited about the opportunities to build on the fantastic work already being done in Yancey County Schools. We hope you find these monthly report-outs informative and useful and we very much welcome your feedback.

Upcoming events in March

Tuesday, March 5th, GEAR UP for Math Night: We will be meeting with parents of 7th graders at Cane River Middle School to introduce them to the program and begin the conversation around what they can be doing now to set their children on a track to college. We will be part of "Math Night" in which students will lead a variety of math activities and games.


Thursday, March 7th, GEAR UP Parent Night: We will be having a similar meeting with parents at East Yancey Middle School from 5:30 - 6:30. A representative from the College Foundation of North Carolina will be presenting on preparing for college during middle school.


March 20th: 7th Grade GEAR UP Day at University of North Carolina Asheville! We will take a group of 7th graders to visit UNCA with other middle school students from across the state.


March 22nd: Women and STEM at Appalachian State University! In conjunction with Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, we will sponsor a group of 7th and 8th grade female students as they explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at ASU!

Recent Events

February 18th: A group of seniors and parents visited Mars Hill College, toured campus, attended financial aid presentations, and had lunch on campus.


Friday, March 1st: Three MHHS seniors, (left to right) Erica Wahlers, Lea Lovin and Kailey Robertson, and faculty members Lisa King and Tressa Hartsell attended the Women and STEM Summit at North Carolina Central University's BRITE Futures Center.


February 23rd: FAFSA Day In collaboration with the State Employees Credit Union, we helped Seniors and their parents file their financial aid form for their '13 - '14 Freshman years. MHHS Senior Zach Brown and his mother Karen Brown pose with Dora Smith. Thanks to all who came out!



Monday, February 25th Students at Cane River Middle School learned about several careers at our health care field-themed Career Day. Fortuitously, many of the presenters will were Cane River parents. We appreciate the time everyone contributed to make this event a success for our students!

Other Past Events

About us

  • Eric Klein is the GEAR UP NC Student Coordinator.
  • Dora Smith is the GEAR UP NC Family and Community Facilitator.