GEAR UP Dream Camp

GEAR UP Dream Camp Helps RFA Students Prepare for College
Posted on 09/01/2021
Gear UpOn August 6th RFA students in MVCC’s Gear-Up program were recognized for their participation in Dream Camp this summer. Students and families were treated to refreshments, a slideshow of the activities they participated in and an award ceremony. The Rome GEAR UP programs provide services to all current eighth and ninth grade students in the Rome City School District (9th and 10th currently), and follows them through high school graduation and their first year of college.

The GEAR UP is a grant-funded program through the U.S. Department of Education that stands for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.” The program focuses on preparing its students for college and the workplace by teaching them skills including critical thinking; communication; information, technology, and media literacy; initiative; and productivity. One of the goals if to increase academic performance and preparation for college.

"This program is a curriculum of sequential technical courses encompassing the mechanical and electrical systems and operations found in remotely piloted aircraft systems.
It offers students the opportunity to work as pilots, operators and/or mission team members of remotely piloted aircraft systems while fully understanding the operational
and safety environments of the National Airspace System." said Daniel Michaels.


"I began by teaching basics and fundamentals of HTML and how it works in a browser. We work on hands-on examples, creating and developing working content. When we grasp the basics of HTML, we move into CSS (Cascading style sheets), the backbone of formatting a website. This is the most essential element of web development fundamentals. We the work together to code a functioning web site, which they love to see the end results. From there we move into JavaScript, a dynamic language that allows for interaction in a site, using simple techniques and syntax to create it. We then build a simple functioning application, like a calculator, using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript together." said Coding Teacher, Kyle Lince.

Franca Armstrong, Associate Vice President of Workforce Development and Dean of the Rome Campus welcomed students and families: “The dreams that you have within you, the ones that keep you in school on the days when juggling it all seems like too much. Those dreams are the most valuable in all the world. These dreams are what will change our world and will let you one day stand, as I am fortunate enough to stand here today, and tell a new generation that for every voice that says you cannot succeed there a voice around you that believes you can,” she said.

Todd Kubica, GEAR UP, Director; Saingghech Ung, GEAR UP, Coordinator; Steffani DiPierro and Delvin Moody are GEAR UP, Program Specialists

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