Featured Alumni

Nicole Candanedo

Lowell, MA

"GEAR UP helped me become the first in my family to attend college. I gained a support system where one was lacking and with that, I persevered through senior year of high school and the college application process. I am happy to be in my senior year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute studying Electrical and Computer Engineering!"

Putnam GEAR UP students pose outside

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.