Gear Up

K-12 Outreach program provides specialized resources and training for the local public schools on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

K-12 Outreach program provides specialized resources and training for the local public schools on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Outreach promotes early college preparation for students and extends programmatic opportunities to adults while emphasizing math and science. Further the program develops curriculum to address diabetes and trains teachers and paraprofessionals in special education. Courses are designed to provide cultural sensitivity for teachers new to reservation schools. Fort Peck Community College's K-12 outreach programs include Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP).

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is an outreach program which focuses educational excellence amongst low-income students. GEAR UP firmly believes that all children are not just capable of pursuing postsecondary education but can be successful in any discipline of choice. The FPCC GEAR UP has a role in accomplishing this mission through the implementation of Project “EAGLE” (Elevating Academic Goals & Learning Expectations), a U S Department of Education partnership grant.

Project EAGLE is a collaborative effort with the Poplar, Brockton, and Frazer Public School Districts to act as community partners in fulfilling the goal of this program.

It is the goal of Project EAGLE to significantly increase the percentage of low-income students on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation who are adequately prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. This goal is to be accomplished by increasing the academic performance of students in the area of mathematics over the next six years, commencing in July 2008 and ending in July 2014.

Project EAGLE will be engaging in after school math programs within the three partner schools with a cohort model of students in four grade levels. The four student cohorts at the commencement of this six-year grant included the fourth through seventh (4th-7th) grades. At the end of this six year period these cohort students will be at high school level (9th-12th). Students within this cohort have the opportunity to participate in group after school activities as well as individual tutoring as offered by the Project EAGLE program. During the summer months, FPCC Project EAGLE will continue to keep this cohort of students involved in math tutoring, math camp, and instructional activities to further enhance mathematical learning opportunities.