University summer program at the Univ. de Montevallo helps prepare high school students

MONTEVALLO, Ala. (WBRC) – “GEAR UP Jefferson County” is a summer college program held at the University of Montevallo for eleventh graders.

This program aims to provide students with the opportunity to see themselves succeeding in college so they know it can be part of their future.

Makayla Givan attends Fultondale High School and said that if anyone is considering joining this program in the future, “take one planner, get a few planners, get two,” Givan said.

Summer College of Montevallo allows students to enroll in a dual credit course to receive not only credit for their high school, but also for any college they choose in the future.

“I decided to do this summer college program because I think it’s important not to dive headfirst into college, but to be prepared and know what it’s like,” said Givan.

These students receive a career, resume, and ACT prep.

Chris Craig attends Shades Valley High School and said he thinks the classes will help him prepare for college.

“It’s very rigorous and it’s a lot of work, that aspect really helps me prepare for college as well as the room situation in the dorms,” ​​Craig said.

They also get a full college experience by living on campus in the residence halls. For many like Aubrey Smith, this is their first time away from home.

“I’ve never really been away from my family, especially with other students, other people usually overnight,” Smith said. “That part was a bit scary, but once I was introduced to the other students, staff, teachers and classes, it was a lot easier.”

Of nearly 100 applicants, 60 were selected from the 13 schools they serve in Jefferson County.

The program ends on August 5.

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