GEAR UP Iowa Holds College and Career Summit

Friday, June 10, 2016

GEAR UP Iowa will gather 60 high school freshmen and six college student mentors from around the state next week for the program’s first-ever college preparedness summit. Over four days and three nights at Grand View University, the students will build leadership skills, explore education and career options, and develop relationships with peers and college student mentors.

“GEAR UP Iowa is a movement to ensure college access and success for Iowans,” said Project Director Christina Sibouih. “This summit will help these students explore, lead, and succeed.”

Among the events planned for the GEAR UP Iowa Student Summit:

  • Tours of Unity Point Health and Accumold
  • Outdoor activities at Jester Park
  • Team-building exercises with college student mentors
  • Leadership workshop with Alan Feirer
  • Creation of a “Dreams” mural


GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a seven-year project following more than 6,000 students in 12 Iowa school districts from 7th grade through their first year of college, aimed at preparing them academically and financially to succeed. The program is a partnership between those 12 districts, Iowa College Aid and 40 institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. Find more information at or

A more detailed schedule the week’s events is below:
GEAR UP Iowa 2016 Student Summit—Selected Activities
8–9 a.m. | Mentor Team Building; Grand View University, Student Center Plaza View Room
4:45–5:45 p.m. | Icebreakers; Grand View University, Outside or Student Center Speed Lyceum

9 a.m.–noon, 12:30–3:30 p.m. | Leadership Workshop with Alan Feirer; Grand View University, Student Center
7–9:30 p.m. | Movement 515/RunDSM Performance & Activity; Grand View University, Krumm Centrum

8:45–10 a.m. | Grand View University Campus Tour
1:30–3 p.m. | Business Site Visit; UnityPoint Health
3:30–5 p.m. | Business Site Visit; Accumold
6:45–8:45 p.m. | Canoeing and Hiking; Jester Park

11:15 a.m.–noon | Team Building and “Mural of Dreams”; Grand View University, Student Center Speed

Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on May 25, 2018 at 11:19pm.