Palomar GEAR UP Program

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

Dear Chamber Member,

My name is Calvin One Deer Gavin, Director of Grant Funded Student Program at Palomar College. On behalf of the GEAR UP Partnership Program welcome to our page. I have had the honor and privilege of over seeing this program since it’s conception in 1999. Then in 2000, Cecilia Rocha joined our team and since then we have received two other grants. We are pleased to announce that we received our third GEAR UP Grant 2011-2018 for San Marcos Unified and Escondido Union School Districts. We are 1 of 46 grants funded in the country! As a civic or business leader your participation over the next seven years is key to student career success. Please review our Fact Sheet to learn more.

The Palomar College GEAR UP Partnership Program – Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs is a U. S. Department of Education grant program. GEAR UP allocates resources to provide early college awareness, improve academic performance, increase high school graduation rates, and improve the transition/preparation from middle school to high school and from high school to college, particularly at-risk, low-income, and first-generation college students.

Since 1999, our partnership has been an excellent opportunity to create a “college-going culture” in local middle/high schools: San Marcos, Vista and now Escondido. Our new grant school partners in Escondido are Del Dios, Hidden Valley & Mission Middle school along with Orange Glen and San Pasqual High Schools. We have 61 partners and look forward to collaborating with your business.

Now more than ever, we are seeking scholarship support for our graduation class of 2012-2018. These students are likely to attend Palomar College and are the first in their family to get a college degree. GEAR UP would like to send them off with a small scholarship gift with your help. Please consider giving a monetary donation, and to show our appreciation your business will receive a logo link on our appreciation Scholarship Page. Moreover, your in-kind services/contributions allow the GEAR UP program to receive funding, which are required “matches”.

Contact our Marketing -Communications Advisor, Therese Cisneros-Remington if your business would like a presentation and/or to collaborate, please feel free to reach her at 760-744-1150 x2866/cell 619-889-7642 or

We welcome you to explore a partnership opportunity with The Palomar College GEAR UP Partnership Program. To reachthe Director or Supervisor, call (760) 744-1150 extension 2408 or email Cecilia Rocha at . Also, visit our website at .

Sincerely yours,

Calvin One Deer Cecilia G. Rocha
Director, GEAR UP Supervisor, GEAR UP