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NJ State GEAR UP Project

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is an early intervention program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the NJ Higher Education.

We are recruiting and serving students from Trenton Central High School, Martin Luther King, Monument, Hedgepeth/Williams, Joyce Kilmer Elementary Schools and Grace Dunn Middle School.

GEAR UP students attend classes in science, math, communications, computers, and self-development. Content area in each of the disciplines is designed to augment and reinforce Trenton Board of Education's middle school curricula. Experimental learning and interactive teaching are the predominate components of these programs. Methodologies implemented include lectures, labs, internet research, internet help, cooperative learning groups, and interdisciplinary study. SMILE is another program for 7th & 8th grade students.

Classrooms consist of approximately 17 students per class during both the academic year and the summer session. The academic year and summer instructional sessions are held from 8:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. at the James Kerney Campus, Mercer County Community College, N. Broad and Academy Streets.

NJ State GEAR UP Project Features

  • Six-week summer program
  • After school tutoring during the school year
  • Academic Instruction on Saturday
  • 21st Century Scholars Certificate
  • College visits and tours
  • Mentoring
  • Academic and personal counseling
  • NJ ASK 8, HSPA, PSAT, and SAT prep classes
  • Cultural and educational field trips
  • Financial aid and information workshops
  • College application assistance
  • Scholarship search assistance

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Tutoring is offered Tuesday - Thursday 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
at the James Kerney Campus, Mercer County Community College

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Wayne Murray
Phone: 609-570-3156
Fax: 609-570-3117