About Early Outreach

Changing Lives

WSU's Early Outreach program involves a variety of innovative partnerships and initiatives to reach, motivate, and educate secondary school students from across Washington State. Early Outreach programs are intended to assist and encourage students from non-traditional backgrounds to enter and succeed in higher education. Targeted schools include both low income and rural districts. Early Outreach programs are open to ALL students in the schools the program serves. For more information about how Early Outreach programs may benefit you, see the individual program descriptions listed.

GEAR UP Partnerships

Education beyond high school is absolutely critical for young people today. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) helps students and families to understand how to prepare and plan for admission to a college or university after high school.

21st Century Community Learning Centers

A community learning center offers academic, artistic, and cultural enrichment opportunities to students and their families during non-school hours (before or after school) or periods when school is not in session (including holidays, weekends or summer recess). According to section 4201(b)(1) of the program statute, a community learning center assists students in meeting state and local academic achievement standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and mathematics, by providing the students with opportunities for academic enrichment. Centers also provide students with a broad array of other activities – such as drug and violence prevention, counseling, art, music, recreation, technology, and character education programs – during periods when school is not in session. Community learning centers must also serve the families of participating students, e.g., through family literacy programs.

Upward Bound

Washington State University Upward Bound is a project designed to provide educational assistance and support to eligible high school students to complete high school and continue on to college. Students accepted into the project will receive academic support, tutoring, mentoring career exploration, counseling, and the opportunity to participate in the summer program at WSU Pullman.

Interested in having an Early Outreach program in your school?

Contact us to discuss partnership opportunities in your school district: 509.372.7298

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