UT GUIDES – Gearing Up for Industry Development and Educational Success (GEAR UP 2018)

The Initiative

In 2018, IPSI received its second GEAR UP Partnership grant award from the U.S. Department of Education, for UT GUIDES: GEAR UP for Industry Development and Educational Success. This grant added four new districts to the UTGU roster, two of which are located in rural areas of Deep East Texas. Two districts served in the 2017 TCB grant – Lockhart I SD and San Marcos CISD – were also included in GUIDES as a means of extending GEAR UP support into additional grade levels. In addition to the services provided by the TC grant, UT GUIDES activities include a focus in the following areas:

    • Providing students pathways to recognized postsecondary credentials, career skills that align with in-demand sectors, work-based learning, rigorous coursework such as AP and dual-enrollment college courses, and certifications in Geometry in Construction, Construction Science, Geoscience, Accounting and Computer Science, etc.;

    • Supporting educators with professional development in technology/STEM integration, instructional improvement, assessment, and ensuring that students have college- and job-ready skills that align with in-demand fields. 

    • Conducting outreach activities in an effort to enhance education and awareness about the value of college education within GEAR UP communities.

    School Districts Served

    Livingston ISD GEAR UP logo
    Navasota ISD GEAR UP logo
    Lockhart ISD GEAR UP logo
    South San ISD GEAR UP logo
    San Marcos CISD GEAR UP logo
    Southside ISD GEAR UP logo

    School Districts Served

    • Livingston ISD
    • Lockhart ISD
    • Navasota ISD
    • San Marcos CISD
    • Southside ISD
    • South San Antonio ISD


    Lockhart ISD

    San Marcos CISD

    Livingston ISD

    Navasota ISD

    Southside ISD

    South San Antonio ISD



    Counseling and Advising

    Financial Aid Counseling


    Academic Enrichment

    College Visits

    Educational Trips

    Financial Literacy

    Job Site Visits and Shadowing

    Leadership Development

    Student Workshops

    Summer Programs

    Tutoring and Homework Assistance