Navigate Caper College's Website
  • About Us
  • Meet the Staff
  • Newsletters
  • Scholarships / Forms
  • Related Links

Gear Up Wyoming Logo




Welcome to GEAR UP

Our Services Include:

    • Tutoring and Academic Assistance
    • Summer Academies
    • Interaction with Colleges and Universities
    • Post-secondary Education Information
    • Career Exploration and Investigation
    • Parent Workshops
    • Goal Setting Workshops

It’s time to GEAR UP and get serious about your education! If you are looking for a fun and adventurous program, a way to be involved, or just some extra tutoring, GEAR UP is for you. If you aren’t already enrolled you are missing out on a great opportunity. GEAR UP activities include cultural events, career exploration, and ways to jump start your college education.

This program can also answer questions that you may have about college, help with testing fees, and provide opportunities to make new friends.


GEAR UP also has post-secondary scholarships available for enrolled students. If you are in 7th-12th grade, actively seeking your GED, or participating in home-school, please contact us for more information.

In conjunction with Casper College, GEAR UP helps youth to be successful in junior high or high school and encourages the pursuit of post-secondary education. Through partnering with local schools and community agencies, participants are exposed to a variety of fun, educational activities!

For more information, contact:

GEAR UP Office
(307) 268-2047
Strausner Hall, Room 102
Fax: (307) 268-3002

PortraitRay Pacheco, GEAR UP Regional Director:
He holds a Master in Social Work degree from the University of Wyoming and B.S. degree in Political Science from Carroll College in Helena, MT. Ray has two boys that continue to grow despite his wishes they stay kids forever. His wonderful partner Susie is the secret behind his success and happiness. Ray loves to stay active in the community and volunteer in his church especially in the youth program. When he has time Ray loves to read and spend quiet time with friends and family. Contrary to popular belief Ray is not a comic book nerd but he does love Superman and superheroes.
  PortraitAndrea Covert, Student Success Team Lead:
She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming and is a certified K-6 grade teacher. Before joining the GEAR UP team, Andrea worked for seven years with Upward Bound where she worked with students in grades 9-12. In her spare time, Andrea loves relaxing with her beautiful puppies Karma and Nirvana, reading, cooking and spending time with her friends and family.
PortraitStephanie Marker, Student Success Advisor:
She holds a B.A. in Secondary Education and Biology from the University of Wyoming, an A.S. in Physical Education from Casper College, and is a certified 6-12 science teacher. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys any outdoor activity, traveling, reading, drinking coffee, spending time with friends and family and playing with her Springer Spaniel, Maximus.
  PortraitLisa Brown, Student Success Advisor:
She holds a B.S. in Family Studies from Brigham Young and is a Certified Family Life Educator. Before joining the GEAR UP team, Lisa worked for three years as a 4-H Afterschool teacher where she worked with students in grades 1-6. In her spare time, Lisa loves reading and cooking (especially desserts), and being with friends and family.
PortraitAnna Skimbova, GEAR UP Assistant:
Anna was born in Ukraine, and raised in Russia. She came to Casper when she was 22. She has two children. She attended a Climb Wyoming program to get a career that she wanted and to support her family. Anna says it's the best thing that happened for her and her family! The second best thing is GEAR UP. She loves working at the GEAR UP office!

Click Here for the GEAR UP Gazette

Check out the latest edition of the "GEAR UP Gazette"

Excerpts from articles in this month's issue:

  • Using GEAR UP as an Asset to stick to your New Year's Resolution: "As the New Year is upon us, I hope you take this opportunity to ponder your goals and think about what New Year’s resolutions you plan to commit to ... As you welcome the New Year and set goals, keep GEAR UP in mind as an asset to help you be the best you in 2015! Happy New Year and best of luck committing to your New Year’s resolutions!”

  • GEAR UP Focus Events: Join us at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 for an evening dedicated to goal setting and future planning. GEAR UP will provide dinner and programming for the whole family to enjoy.

  • Money, Money, Money: "This leads me to this month’s money tip: seek out the essential tool known as the FAFSA. The FAFSA is extremely important for seniors, and those returning to college, to complete before April 1st."

  • As well as "Birthday Box-January," "School of the Month," "GEAR UP Happenings," "Steph's Fitspot,""Note from the Staff," "Tips, Tricks, and Tidbits," "Meet the GEAR UP Staff," "Lisa's Pantry," and the "GEAR UP Calendar of Events."

2015 GEAR UP
Gazette Newsletters

2014 GEAR UP
Gazette Newsletters

2013 GEAR UP
Gazette Newsletters

2012 GEAR UP
Gazette Newsletters

2011 GEAR UP
Gazette Newsletters

2010 GEAR UP
Gazette Newsletters

Find out what's going on with GEAR UP in Woyming by reading the GEAR UP Wyoming Matters spring newsletter. The spring issue highlights include: a former GEAR UP Wyoming student shares her study-abroad story; the Laramie County Community College GEAR UP program.

Gear Up Wyoming Logo

  • Application:
    • CLICK HERE to access the Casper College GEAR UP Application Form.

  • Scholarships:
    • CLICK HERE to access the Casper College GEAR UP Enrichment Scholarship Application Form.

    • GEAR UP Wyoming Federal Scholarship info and deadlines:
Gear Up Wyoming Logo


GEAR UP Statewide:

GEAR UP is funded by the Department of Education. Below are GEAR UP programs around the state. The GEAR UP grant is managed at the University of Wyoming, with student programming coordinated through each of Wyoming's seven community colleges.

GEAR UP Related Links:

Navigate our site
Home Page Contact Us Policies Mission/Vision/Values/Goals A to Z Index Return to the previous page. Home Page A to Z Index Events Search our site Find Faculty/Staff/Administration @ Casper College New Media @ Casper College