GEAR UP is a grant program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post secondary education. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide students with services that help them succeed in school now and prepare them to succeed in college in the future. Parents and educators also attend workshops and receive training to better help their students. DIA's partnership with GEAR UP consists of three main programs that provide our students an array of learning opportunities and experiences to become college ready. 


USU stars gear up

Utah State University Science Technology Arithmetic Reading Students Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (USU STARS! GEAR UP) is a federally funded program that is designed to help students prepare for and succeed in college.

School and community partners have teamed up to provide services to students to help them succeed in school now and succeed in college in the future. DIA is one of those school partners. To help students succeed we offer tutoring, mentoring academic advising, workshops, college visits, job shadowing, parent nights, and Financial Aid classes.


green power

Green power is an international organization dedicated to promoting engineering and technology to learners ages 9 to 25. One way they achieve this is through unique hands-on projects to design, build, and race electric cars.

Green Power seeks to change current views about engineering and demonstrate its importance. Through inspirational engineering projects, Green Power links education, industry, and community. Social inclusion is built by engaging students in team oriented projects. 

summer college camp

Every summer 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students apply to attend DIA's GEAR UP Summer College Camp. This camp offers students the opportunity to spend 5 days visiting Utah universities, learn about Financial Aid, and become familiar with the different major areas of study students can pursue at the college level.

Students participate in various hands on workshops led by college students and professors. Camp attendees visit Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, and the University of Utah.