About Us

Welcome

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 CorpsYoung 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.


Vision

All students of the North Carolina Appalachian region will be college ready.

Mission

The office of College Access Partnerships is committed to building strategic partnerships to strengthen our local communities through college access and success. 

GEAR UP

GEAR UP

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.

College Advising Corps

College Advising Corps

College Advising Corps recruits and trains recent graduates to serve as advisers in partner schools throughout Western North Carolina.

Empowering Teacher Learning (ETL)

Empowering Teacher Learning (ETL)

Teachers earn licensure renewal credits (CEUs) by completing teacher-selected, online, competency-based micro-credentials.

Upward Bound

Upward Bound

Upward Bound provides academic support to high school students so they may complete high school, enroll in college, and successfully obtain a college degree.

Young Eisner Scholars (YES)

Young Eisner Scholars (YES)

YES-Appalachia works with students from schools in Ashe and Watauga counties of North Carolina, supporting their Scholars in achieving their dream postsecondary goals.