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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:

  • Learning from our Favorite Characters: "I love to read. ... As I read books I admire the characters and think of ways I can try and be more like them. There are common themes that I find in all of my favorite books and important characteristics that the main characters portray, which make them strong and admirable. Here are a few of my favorites and the lessons I have learned from them.”

  • GEAR UP Focus Events: College or Bust - GEAR UP trip to Denver, CO, Denver National College Fair, departing
    Oct. 17 and returning Oct. 18.

  • Money, Money, Money: "All the research says that creating a realistic budget is the first step to financial fitness! As students who are in college or preparing for college it is important to keep track of your spending and know where your money is going!"

  • As well as "Scholarship Corner," "Birthday Box-October," "School of the Month," "GEAR UP Happenings," "College Spotlight," "Steph's Fitspot," "Parents Piece," "Meet the GEAR UP Staff," "Lisa's Pantry," and the "GEAR UP Calendar of Events."

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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.

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  • 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:
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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.

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