UNLV will be getting money to expand a program that helps middle school kids get ready for college.
The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs or GEAR UP targets kids in low-income or under-performing schools. The idea is to teach kids starting in seventh grade the skills they need to get into college and succeed once they are there.
The Department of Education announced Tuesday it was giving three grants to the program totaling $7 million. The money will allow the program to expand into 11 middle schools around the Las Vegas Valley.
GEAR UP provides students with counseling on college admissions and financial aid. They also get help in class and after school to improve their grades. The program also helps teachers with professional development.
Congresswoman Shelley Berkley made the announcement Tuesday. She says programs like this one will help with job creation in the future.