Palomar College GEAR UP Grant Seeks Partners


The Palomar College District was awarded a United States Department of Education GEAR UP Rural and Reservation Grant for 2016-2023, serving Vista, Valley Center-Pauma and Fallbrook school districts. GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. The grant started serving all 6th and 7th grade students and continues services through high school graduation for the classes of 2022 and 2023 and into their first year in college.

GEAR UP seeks local businesses to collaborate and/or donate resources to offset the cost of transportation, meals and supportive services. In-kind matching funds are acquired when businesses provide in-kind training, informational workshops, donate products, services, and or financial support. The GEAR UP Grant requires business partnerships for in-kind funding and collaborates with business leaders in creating career pathways for students.

Collective data reflects spring/fall 2019

The GEAR UP Grant is an educational, community, and business partnership program with the focus is on tutoring, early college intervention, exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers. School districts will be working with current GEAR UP Site Coordinators in the following schools: Rancho Buena Vista High School, Vista High School, Valley Center High School and Fallbrook High School. Each school site provides tutoring to improve academic performance, postsecondary education resources, student/parent workshops, college and career planning, college field trips and mentoring. During the student’s senior year, GEAR UP provides early college opportunities particularly for at-risk, and first-generation students. Learn more at

Business partnerships create new opportunities for students to learn from business leaders in the community and builds bridges for successful careers and college experiences. If you have an educational component that would benefit our high school students, please contact the Marketing/Business Advisor Therese Cisneros-Remington at or call her at 760-744-1150 x 3680. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate by speaking at our college and career workshops, mentoring through job shadowing and participating in career expo sessions. Please welcome our newest partners – San Diego North Economic Development Council and Santa Fe Dental Group. Learn more at