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Turnt Up with GEAR UP Hawai’i

Hawai’i college-bound program GEAR UP celebrated two years of success last month.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) provides students and families the resources they need to succeed in college, serving 17,000 students this year.

On Sept. 24th GEAR UP collaborated with the DOE to host a legislative briefing at Waipahu High School’s Library, sharing how the three Hawai’i GEAR UP programs have been working towards postsecondary support.

“GEAR UP Hawai’i… is essential to reach the state’s goal of 55 percent of working age adults holding a two- or four- year college degree by 2025,” said Karen Lee, Executive Director of Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education, which oversees the statewide GEAR UP program. “The program works… to prepare Hawai‘i’s students to graduate from high school ready for college or a career, which is absolutely necessary to our state’s future.”

For more information about GEAR UP Hawai’i, visit or contact Lesli Yogi, Business and Community Outreach Specialist at

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