Three school districts in the east have been awarded a grant to help get students ready for college.
Pamlico County, Edenton-Chowan and Lenoir County school districts have been awarded a gaining early awareness and readiness for undergraduate programs grant, also known as GEAR-UP, for the up coming school year.
The grant will allow the schools to hire two positions, a GEAR-UP coordinator who will work with the students and a parent community liaison who will help parents in the process of getting students ready for college.
Dr. Wanda Dawson, superintendent of the Pamlico County School District says this grant will start with their seventh grade students in the upcoming school year and they will add a higher grade level to the program each year for the next seven. Dr. Dawson says, "It's going to be fantastic for this community. It's going to be able to give our parents another opportunity to seek out resources to help their children to obtain a college education."
Dr. Dawson says the district's long term goal is to have 100% of their graduates attend a two or four year school. In 2012, 61% of the graduating class enrolled in a 2 or 4 year school.