GEAR UP: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

Featured Alumni

Natalie Petit

Lowell, MA

GEAR UP Lowell

"GEAR-UP broadened my perspective on the value of life. I remember joining GEAR-UP in middle school and learning the various services offered to students.

My focus at a young age was to be different and to choose a path I liked. I wanted to be a public servant—maybe a private detective, politician, educator, or simply a community organizer. I remember always walking into the Gear-Up office with a new career or potentially new major for college. I have high dreams and I knew for my family’s sake I needed to accomplish something to help save my life. Thankfully now I completed my Bachelors at Curry College and Masters at Suffolk University, I can now help my students at MIT’s Sloan School of Management throughout their course of study."

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.


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