Spoto High School Students GEAR-UP for USF
A partnership between USF and Hillsborough County Public Schools aims to increase college awareness among low-income high school students. GEAR-UP, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, offers critical early college awareness and support activities to improve access to higher education. The latest event was held at the USF Riverfront Park utilizing the Low Ropes Course with 9th and 10th grade students from Spoto High School.
The Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships' Dustin Krein led the initial introduction, welcoming the students and high school staff to USF's recreation campus. Mr. Krein was followed by Dr. Leonor O'Relly, Director of Testing Services who addressed various testing opportunities offered at USF designed for students to get ahead before starting their first year of college. OCEP student team members Corinn Beem, Kesia McAllister, Josh Sims, and Jillean Workman also accompanied the students. In addition to discussing the importance of academics, they emphasized the social importance of college and the valuable experiences that USF can offer. The Challenge Course staff focused on building leadership traits, enhancing problem solving skills, and developing effective communication. At the end of the course a question and answer session encouraged critical analysis and highlighted the "pros" of attending USF.