Welcome to College Access Partnerships at Appalachian State University. We support students from the Appalachian region of NC to find their own unique path to postsecondary education and achieve their dreams! We accomplish this by supporting the work of teachers, counselors, and educators, along with providing direct services to students.
College Access Partnerships is made up of several large federal and private grant programs which include GEAR UP, Upward Bound, College Advising Corps, Young Eisner Scholars, and Empowering Teacher Learning. We believe the best way for our region to grow economically is to educate our students beyond high school. Our job, collectively, is to help students explore possibilities for careers and then match those aspirations to degree programs at the local community college or a four-year university.
What We Do
We build partnerships to solve big challenges in education.
We design and implement services that impact students, families, and educators in our region and state.
We conduct evaluation and research on our programs, share with the field, and recommend strategies and policy.
All students of the North Carolina Appalachian region will be college ready.
The office of College Access Partnerships is committed to building strategic partnerships to strengthen our local communities through college access and success.
GEAR UP is a federally funded college access program designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education immediately after high school.