Tammy Swinburne is a trainer/coordinator for the Gear Up program from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
The primary goal of Gear Up is to ensure all students in Oklahoma are prepared to succeed in postsecondary education. The Gear Up program is built on two broad college access components: scholarship funding and early intervention initiatives.
Oklahoma was one of 21 states to receive a Gear Up state grant in 1999. The state grant is distinct from the Gear Up partnership grants awarded to local school districts and higher education institutions throughout Oklahoma; however, both the state grant and the partnership grants work in concert to enhance opportunities for students.
Several local school districts and higher education institutions throughout Oklahoma have been awarded partnership grants. While the state grant is distinct from the partnership grants, both the state grant and partnership grants work together to enhance opportunities for students.