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SMILE/GEAR UP Program

Mercer County Community College, in conjunction with New Jersey Higher Education, offers an academic enrichment program called SMILE/GEAR UP. The Program is housed at the Trenton Campus of Mercer County Community College, Trenton, New Jersey.

Through SMILE/GEAR UP, students in grades 6 through 12 who attend Joyce Kilmer, Grace Dunn, Rivera, Hedgepeth/Williams Middle Schools, and Trenton Central High School, participate in math, science, communications, self-development, and computer classes with online Internet help, cooperative learning groups, and interdisciplinary study.

Students attend classes on Saturday during the school year, and Monday through Friday for six weeks during the summer. Lunch, books and bus tickets are provided. Students also participate in culturally enriching activities and field trips.

SMILE/GEAR UP COMPONENTS:

  • COUNSELING (academic, career, and personal)
  • TUTORING (one-on-one and computer-aided instruction)
  • INSTRUCTION
  • FIELD TRIPS/CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

Student Expressions:

 

                   
Students making preparations for            Encouraging words from a Senior,           SMILE/GEAR UP Graduating Senior,

Technology Class                                            Micheal Whittington                                    Victoria Guerra

 

SMILE PARENT ASSOCIATION:

SMILE/GEAR UP Parent Association (SPA) encourages parents to be advocates for their child/children through workshops, seminars, and various activities. SPA meets on the first Saturday of each month during the school year to acquire information necessary to ensure they are making adequate preparation for their child's academic future.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE:
The program is looking for college students, professionals, and community members to be tutors, mentors, instructors, or volunteers.

If you would like additional information about SMILE/GEAR UP, please write to: SMILE/GEAR UP, Mercer County Community College, North Broad and Academy Street, Trenton, NJ 08608, call (609) 570-3158 or (609)570-3169 or send us an e-mail message.

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF:
Wayne Murray, Director (609-570-3156)
Debra Lawrey, Assistant Director (609-570-3154)
Wilma Harley, Program Assistant (609-570-3169)
Tiffany Laramore, Administrative Specialist (609-570-3158)