ABOUT US

WHAT IS NEVADA STATE GEAR UP?

Nevada State GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded grant that is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. School selection is based on a federally free or reduced lunch rate of 50% or higher. Generally, students are identified as GEAR UP during their 7th grade year and exposed to GEAR UP activities that continue through high school and their first year of college at a Nevada System of Higher Education institution. At its height, the Nevada State GEAR UP grant supported 21 high schools, a robotics program, a longitudinal study, and the UNR Dean’s Future Scholars (DFS) program. This translated into approximately 5,500 students included in Nevada State GEAR UP programming.

View the 2020-2021 Abstracts for GEAR UP Schools and higher education: High Schools and Higher Education Abstracts

View the NDE school abstracts through Nevada Report Card here: Nevada Accountability Portal

STATE OR PARTNERSHIP GRANT

There are two types of GEAR UP grants, a state grant and a partnership grant. The state grant typically has a scholarship component and partnership grant does not. For the current Nevada State GEAR UP grant, Nevada received a waiver to the scholarship component. Although, this state grant will not have a federally funded scholarship component, a project objective is to identify scholarship sponsors throughout the duration of the grant.

Our project, Nevada State GEAR UP, which is highlighted throughout this website, is classified as a state grant. For more information about partnership GEAR UP grants in Nevada, please visit UNLV Center for Academic Enrichment & Outreach (CAEO).

NEVADA STATE GEAR UP GOALS

  1. Academic Preparation: Increase the number of Nevada GEAR UP students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
    • Objective 1.1 Increase student academic performance in mathematics;
    • Objective 1.2 Increase enrollment rates of Nevada GEAR UP (NVGU) students in postsecondary education
  2. Knowledge: Increase Nevada GEAR UP students’ and families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.
    • Objective 2.1 Increase student expectations and knowledge of postsecondary preparation and financial aid options and procedures;
    • Objective 2.2 Increase parent and family expectations and knowledge of postsecondary preparation and financial aid options and procedures
  3. Graduation and College: Increase the rate of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education for Nevada GEAR UP students.
    • Objective 3.1 Increase graduate rates of NVGU students from high school;
    • Objective 3.2 Increase enrollment rate of NVGU students in postsecondary education.

GET TO KNOW THE TEAM

Mari Jimenez-Ortiz

Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) GEAR UP First Year Advisor
Email: mjimenezortiz@tmcc.edu
Hometown: Bishop, CA
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Andrea Saavedra-Nieto

University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) GEAR UP First Year Advisor
Email: andreasaavedra@unr.edu
Hometown: 
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Tawnie D’Angelo

Western Nevada College (WNC) GEAR UP First Year Advisor
Email: tawnie.wentz@wnc.edu
Hometown: Minden, NV
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GearUp Ambassador - Elizabeth Duryea

Elizabeth Duryea

Great Basin College (GBC) GEAR UP First Year Advisor 
Email: elizabeth.duryea@gbcnv.edu
Hometown: Jonesboro, AR
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GearUp ambassador Morgan Haynes

Morgan Haynes

College of Southern Nevada (CSN) GEAR UP First Year Advisor
Email: morgan.haynes@csn.edu

Hometown: Dallas, TX

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Nicola Opfer

Nevada State College (NSC) GEAR UP First Year Advisor
Email: nicola.opfer@nsc.edu
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
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GearUp Ambassador - Morgan Fullmer

Morgan Fullmer

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) GEAR UP First Year Advisor
Email: morgan.fullmer@unlv.edu
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV 
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Dean’s Future Scholars
UNR + Washoe County School District

Jill Fontana

GEAR UP Specialist
Email: jillm@unr.edu
Hometown: Reno, NV
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Bonanza High School

Danielle Ford

Nevada GEAR UP Specialist – Bonanza High School
Email: anthodj@nv.ccsd.net
Hometown: Monaca, Pennsylvania
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Ouiza Weber

Nevada GEAR UP Specialist – Bonanza High School
Email: weberon@nv.ccsd.net
Hometown: Besançon, France
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Rita Kundanani

GEAR UP Specialist – Bonanza High School
Email: kundarm@nv.ccsd.net
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
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Nate Mackinnon

NSHE Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges
Email: nmackinnon@nshe.nevada.edu
Hometown: Chelmsford, MA
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Karen Pugh

NDE Internal Evaluator
Email: karenpugh@doe.nv.gov
Hometown: Redding, CA 
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VACANT

GEAR UP State Director

Amanda Annan

GEAR UP Research Administrator
Email: aannan@nshe.nevada.edu
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, California
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Lori Botelho

Interim Director
Email: lbotelho@doe.nv.gov
Hometown: Minden, NV
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Janet Stake

Director of Programming and Outreach
Email: jstake@nshe.nevada.edu
Hometown: Towaco, NJ
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Jana Burd

GEAR UP College Coordinator
Email: jburd@nshe.nevada.edu
Hometown: Anchorage, AK
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Megan Zich

GEAR UP State Program Officer
Email: meganzich@doe.nv.gov
Hometown: Carson City, NV
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Brooke Stutler

Brooke Stutler

GEAR UP Communications Specialist
Email: bstutler@nshe.nevada.edu
Hometown: Sarasota, FL
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