As a member of Vermont GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a federal grant program, Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River is partnering with the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) to support students to be career and college ready upon graduation. As a Vermont GEAR UP cohort school, BMU students, parents and educational professionals receive career and counseling services and college readiness programs. Benefits of the Vermont GEAR UP collaboration:

â?¢ All students in grades 7-12 are eligible to receive a scholarship when enrolled in a college program.

â?¢ Group and one-on-one career and college counseling services are provided to students and families by a GEAR UP outreach counselor.

â?¢ College & career readiness programs/events are designed for the school.

â?¢ Funding and support to schools is available for academic programming, career and college exposure, and school improvement efforts.

â?¢ Financial aid information is provided to students and families.

Vermont State GEAR UP is a federal college access and success grant program providing funding for the above mentioned programing and services.

VSAC is a public nonprofit created by the state to help Vermonters plan and pay for education or training beyond high school. VSAC administers the Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan; state grants for full-time, part-time and non-degree study; public and private scholarships; and private education loans. In addition, VSAC sponsors online career and college planning tools, a free lending library, and presentations aimed at helping Vermonters prepare for life after high school.

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