Lake Superior State 
Contact at LSSU:
Shelley Wooley
Native American Center
650 W. Easterday Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Phone: (906) 635-2664
Fax: (906) 635-2848

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)/ King-Chavez-Parks College Day (CD) Program

Kids Against Hunger

Kids Against Hunger Students and teachers from the Ojibwe Charter School together with LSSU students, faculty and staff packed meal kits for people in impoverished areas of the world in the Michigan Campus Compact and Gear Up sponsored "Kids Against Hunger" service-learning project. Students from Sault Area High School also packed meals kits earlier in the day. Together 20,000 kits were packed, estimated to feed 120,000 people. Mentoring moments like these which unite high school students and LSSU students help the LSSU students see the importance of their own education while assisting secondary students develop a college-going vision for themselves as well.

GU/CD Mission

Provide an opportunity for underrepresented students to discover first hand, the potential of a college education and to expose students to the information, knowledge, and skills they need to complete high school and prepare themselves for college entry and success.

Program Objectives

  1. Increase access to information for parents, student, education, and administrators regarding the benefits and accessibility of postsecondary education in Michigan.
  2. Raise awareness of students. and parents. knowledge of financial aid opportunities for postsecondary study.
  3. Raise academic standards and expectations. Ensure that GU/CD students receive the academic preparation, social support, and aid necessary to succeed in college and the workforce.
  4. Increase professional development opportunities for teachers, counselors, and GU/CD staff.
Through the GU/CD Program, LSSU began serving approximately 290 area students in 2007, when they were enrolled in the 8th grade at three Sault Ste Marie Schools (Sault Area Middle School, the Ojibwe Charter School and JKL Bahweting). Throughout the succeeding five years services that promote preparation for the pursuit of postsecondary education will be provided to these present 11th grade students, such as (but not limited to):
  • Participate in leadership and cultural activities
  • Have exposure to the academic programs, facilities, and resources
  • Attend college preparation workshops
  • Learn about student organizations and campus activities
  • Develop mentoring relationship with college students
  • Visits to LSSU's campus
Campus visit program includes single day visits and summer programs. The GU/CD Program increases exposure to the information and experiences necessary for adequate preparation for higher education.

Additional Links

National GEAR UP

State of Michigan

GEAR UP Partnership for Learning

GEAR UP/ KCP College Day Liaisons

Susan K. Camp
Director of Admissions (LSSU)
Phone: (906) 635-2693 or (888) 800-LSSU

Michelle Markstrom
Financial Aid Loan Officer (LSSU)
Phone: (906) 635-2146

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