Hawthorne GEAR UP

The CSUDH Hawthorne GEAR UP grant was awarded in 2017 to serve the high school graduating class of 2024 attending Bud Carson, Hawthorne, and Prairie Vista Middle Schools in the Hawthorne School District. Our vision is to work in partnership with educational and community institutions to support students, parents, and educators to promote higher education in the schools we serve. GEAR UP is committed to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to create and navigate their own educational pathway to success.

Our Goals

  1. Increase student academic performance and preparation for post-secondary education.
  2. Increase student and their families knowledge of post-secondary education options, preparation, and financing.
  3. Increase the high school graduation and post-secondary education enrollment rates.

Our Team

  • Graciela Fernandez, Ph.D., Director
  • Christopher Collins, M.A., Program Coordinator at PVMS and BCMS
  • Janette Luevanos, Program Coordinator at HMS and BCMS
  • Josie Robles, Administrative Assistant

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