June 2, 2011

GSU Receives $110,583 LA GEAR UP Grant

La Gear Up Campers participate in instructor-led workshops.GRAMBLING, LA —In its sixth consecutive year Grambling State University will host the LA GEAR UP Summer Learning Camps this summer starting with week I which will be held during July 10 thru 16 and week II activities will be held from July 24 thru July 30. The focus of the LA GEAR UP (Louisiana Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) camps is to help students develop and enhance academic and leadership skills needed to promote success in planning and completing their post secondary education. According to the overall program goals , this initiative focuses on the following: 1) Provide stimulating experiences in Math, Science, Technology, and/or English/Language Arts; 2) Expand career goals and aspirations; 3) Provide information about college that includes early planning and financial support services; and 4) Combine learning with fun. Grambling professors Dr. Loretta Walton Jaggers and Dr. Nanthailia McJamerson serve as co-principle investigators for the LA GEAR UP Summer Learning Camp grant which totaled $110, 583. The grant is funded by the Louisiana Board of Regents (LA SIP/LA GEAR UP) to implement the two one week Summer Learning Camps at Grambling State University. Jaggers and McJamerson have been with the program for its six years and played key roles in getting the funds to implement the LA GEAR UP Summer Learning Camps at Grambling State University. In 2005 the university was funded $37,000 for a one week camp. Since that point, the funding and camp duration has increased.

In May, students, parents, teachers and administrators from LA GEAR UP schools attended a statewide LA GEAR UP conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During the conference this group had an opportunity to learn more about the camps that are offered by various universities across the State of Louisiana. As in the past years, the Grambling State University LA GEAR UP Project is designed to focus on the theme, CSI: Grambling (College Success Investigators). Using CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) projects, campers have an opportunity to work collaboratively with their peers and content area specialists to strengthen basic Math, Science, and Reading/Literacy skills. The camp activities are also designed to focus on leadership preparation, Math and Science tutorials, study skills, test-taking strategies, preparation for college life, and career opportunities in Math, Science, and Reading/Literacy Skills.

There will be recreational activities which will include a swim party, pizza party and the “Everybody’s Birthday Party.” In addition there will be other fun activities along with a graduation dinner scheduled for the last day at camp.

2010 La Gear Up Campers on a field trip.
2010 La Gear Up Campers on a field trip.

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