CHARLESTON, W.Va. — To support GEAR UP students in the class of 2024 at Marshall University, the West Virginia GEAR UP Transition and First Year Program created the GEAR UP Success Ambassadors Pathway. The curriculum was designed to provide GEAR UP students with a transition pathway that guides them to success during their first year of postsecondary education. Students utilized the HerdLink platform at Marshall University and a tracking sheet to complete tasks and attend events that were designed to give them the skills to be successful during their college experience.
GEAR UP Success Ambassadors embark on a journey to become the most successful version of their self during their first year of college. This pathway assists with developing skills academically, socially, personally, and professionally. Students who complete the credential can choose to be nominated to serve as GEAR UP Ambassadors for mentorship and leadership opportunities throughout the reminder of their college careers.
On April 23, 2021, a GEAR UP Success Ambassadors Ceremony was held to honor the students that completed this pathway. The event was hosted both in-person and virtually to allow students and family to safely attend. Honored students included Malik Gray, Lexi Ramey, Katlyn Williams, Gabby Casey, Trace Clark, Zoe Evans, Angel Chornsbay and Eddie Medina. These students will also be invited to speak about their success journey with GEAR UP at events throughout their college career, serve as mentors, and utilize this experience for resumes. For more information, please contact Janine Coutu of the WV GEAR UP administrative offices at email@example.com.