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September 30, 2003 :: Media Advisory: U.S. GEAR UP Director to Visit Oklahoma as Educators Gather for Fourth Annual GEAR UP State Conference

Media Contact: Amy Bruce
Office: 1.405.225.9281

WHAT: Photo and news opportunity as the U.S. Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Director Lynn Mahaffie attends the fourth annual Oklahoma GEAR UP Conference. She will be joined by additional national, state and local higher education leaders to speak with public school educators and learn more about Oklahoma’s innovative strategies for student success, best practices in staff development and effective methods for school improvement.

In addition, Government Relations Associate for the National Council for Community and Education Partners Scott Frein is slated to speak.

Also, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition Dr. Phyllis Hudecki will speak to the GEAR UP group during a luncheon address. She will discuss what Oklahoma businesses need in terms of a skilled workforce and how public education plays the most vital role in preparing that workforce.

WHO: Higher education leaders, public school educators and business partners

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3, 2003 – entire conference
2:15 to 3 p.m.– Mahaffie’s and Frein’s addresses
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Hudecki’s luncheon address

WHERE: Warren Place DoubleTree Hotel, 6110 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa

WHY: To celebrate student success in Oklahoma and to inform, engage and challenge schools, institutions and individuals in GEAR UP, a national program created to develop students’ potential and help students, as well as their families, better prepare for college.

AGENDA: Click here to view a complete listing of conference sessions, activities and room locations. (PDF, 142k)

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Oklahoma with a state GEAR UP grant totaling $20.5 million in August 1999. The grant has been matched by more than $25 million from state and partner resources. With funds totaling $45.5 million, GEAR UP receives 45 percent of total funding from the federal government and 55 percent from other organizations.