Dawson Community College will host the 11th annual Montana GEAR UP camp (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) from June 20th to the 26th.
For many children, the likelihood of attending and succeeding in college is small. Too many students face seemingly insurmountable barriers, including low expectations, inadequate academic preparation and a lack of information about education options and opportunities.
The 7 day GEAR UP camp at Dawson is designed to give 7th and 8th grade students a sample of college life. The participants attending classes taught by DCC instructors, sleep in the residence halls, and eat in the Student Center. Class offerings include: history, music, art, math, business, science, drama, culinary arts, law enforcement, paleontology, a variety of other subjects. A day trip to historic Fort Union and Fort Buford is also planned.
To date there are 40 registered participants from Dixon, Pryor, Lame Deer, Trout Creek, Charlo, Lincoln, Marion, St. Ignatius, St. Regis, Hardin, Box Elder, Vaughn, Winnet, and Evergreen schools.
The message of Montana GEAR UP is that postsecondary education is possible for all Montana students, regardless of economic background, and strives to empower them to realize that ambition. Montana GEAR UP brings this message to middle and high schools, students, their parents, and the community through early college and career awareness activities, scholarships, financial aid information, and improved academic support to help raise the expectations and achievement of all.
The instructors and staff at Dawson Community College have enjoyed hosting these students in the past and look forward to meeting and working with another group of energetic and curious students, again, this year.