- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish School System and its partners have received a $13.2 million, seven-year grant to continue efforts to encourage middle students to prepare for college.

The federal Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP, targets low-income students in middle school and provides them services through high school to encourage them to pursue a college education.

The annual grant, which is renewable over the next seven years, is nearly $1.9 million. The school system previously was awarded a six-year GEAR UP grant that recently concluded.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1CkibRq ) the grant will fund positions tied to GEAR UP: a project director, four college and career coaches and a partnership and data management coordinator to develop community partnerships and help track students’ progress.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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