GEAR UP is a project that serves 28 school districts from Port Isabel to Laredo. The purpose of the project is to encourage parents and students to consider post-secondary education.

The program provides parents and students with mentoring opportunities, university visits and important information regarding college options.

Former CHANNEL 5 NEWS anchorwoman Letty Garza was the GEAR UP spokesperson and donated countless hours speaking to students in large assemblies and small groups. She was talent for numerous public service announcements encouraging parents to get involved.

Each week, reporter Carolina Cruz produces a news feature about GEAR UP.

For more information about the program, visit the Region One ESC GEAR UP page.