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GEAR UP Hawaii program aims to help high school students with college application processes

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(HawaiiNewsNow) - GEAR UP Hawaii works with high school students to prepare them for successful entry into college. Starting in October, GEAR UP Hawaii will coordinate with College Exploration and Application Season in an initiative to assist high school students with their college exploration and applications. CAES is based on the "College Application Week" program started by GEAR UP North Carolina in 2005, and is connected with the American College Application Campaign which 35 states will participate in this fall.

The goal of CAES is to encourage high school seniors, particularly prospective first-generation college students from low-income families, to apply to at least one college before they graduate from  high school, giving every student the option to go to college. Local volunteers, college faculty and staff work with high schools in the state to plan events to encourage their seniors to complete a college application.

GEAR UP Hawaii will help coordinate college application events at various high schools statewide. Viewers will hear from college admission counselors and receive tips on how to navigate through the college application process.

Karen Lee, executive director for Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, is here to give us more information about how it works as well as an online portal to help with the college application process.

For more information click HERE.

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