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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Green Announces $1.8 Million Grant For San Jacinto College North

September 10, 2002
Press Release
Washington, DC - Congressman Gene Green today announced that San Jacinto College North has received a more than $1.8 million GEAR UP grant to work with Woodland Acres and Galena Park Middle Schools, and Galena Park High School of the Galena Park Independent School District.  The grant will service 477 students and provides $363,272 a year, or almost $800 per student per year.  GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, was created to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.
It is no secret that low-income children have a harder time making it through high school and college and this GEAR UP grant will help the Galena Park ISD keep their students on the right track and prepare them to attend San Jacinto College North or another post-secondary school of their choice, said Green.
Galena Park ISD currently suffers from high dropout rates, below average ACT/SAT scores and low college-going rates.  The GEAR UP grant will help provide summer school classes, mentoring and advising, cultural enrichment, parent training, and college and career awareness.
Dr. Charles Grant, president of San Jacinto College North, stated, The GEAR UP grant will strengthen our efforts to provide quality educational opportunities to our service area.  This project fits in with our Upward Bound and Talent Search projects and will encourage a significant number of area students to stay in school and enroll in a post-secondary institution.
Dr. Shirley Neeley, Superintendent of Galena Park Independent School District, stated, GPISD is thrilled with the announcement that we have been awarded the GEAR UP grant.  This project will narrow the gaps in the 'pipeline' for Galena Park High School, Galena Park Middle School and Woodland Acres Middle School students.  Our ultimate goal is to have a zero drop out rate in GPISD and for all students to attend college.  The GEAR UP Project will indeed result in big dividends for our students and the entire GPISD community!
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