GEAR UP Professional Development has provided professional development to over 360 teachers and CPR training to over 650 students in 2022-2023 school year. Like all Professional Development, GEAR UP provides CPR training to students at no cost to the school, allowing them to meet graduation requirements. These services keep schools up to date on state requirements and allows them to expand training opportunities.
These trainings are provided by Eastern Oklahoma State College’s 2017 GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant. GEAR UP is a federal initiative to increase the number of low-income students who enter and successfully transition into postsecondary education. Eastern is in its fifth year of the $17 million grant, serving students, teachers, parents, and administrators in 39 partner schools in Southeast Oklahoma.