Featured Alumni

Joaquin Gomez

Lowell, MA

Joaquin attended Cambridge College for Undergrad and is currently enrolled at UMASS Lowell for his Masters Degree.

"Being part of the Gear Up program was one of the best/most important decision I made in high school. The Gear Up program helped me get through high school as well as helping me have a smooth transition into college.

Without this amazing program, I wouldn’t have been able to get to where I am now in life, and in my career.

I am a current teacher at a middle school here in Lawrence, and as I help my students transition from middle school to high school, I always motivate them to join Gear Up once they start their high school journey. It’s a program that serves as a great support system; as it helped me, I know it will help my students as well. "

Featured Alumni: Joaquin Gomez


Featured Programs

Putnam GEAR UP students pose outside

Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy Springfield, MA

Working with 1,400 students in grades nine through twelve, Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy serves high school students in Springfield who are interested in an academic and vocational education. Its GEAR UP program serves 510 of these students, helping them pursue their dreams after high school.

Putnam's GEAR UP students have gone on to continue their education at two- and four-year colleges, private and public, and many have directly joined the work force.

Putnam GEAR UP was the first GEAR UP MA school to offer instant acceptances during their 2015 Massachusetts College Application Celebration (MCAC). Since then, Putnam has continued to expand this event and now not only offers instant acceptances but also offers on-the-spot scholarships from schools.