Family Testimonials

GEAR UP Iowa families and educators share their stories.

GEAR UP Families and Educators

GEAR UP Iowa proudly serves students and families in 12 partner school districts across Iowa.

We are thrilled to share success stories from parents and other family members, as well as the educators that make GEAR UP Iowa a part of their school's college-going culture. These stories inspire us to keep working together, increasing postsecondary attainment across the state.

  • "It is new for a lot of them, they haven't been to a college campus before... It gives them something to strive for, to look forward to."

    Victoria Swanstrom, Facilitator at Ottumwa
  • Beyond the financial aspects, the obligations that a student has later in life be it raising a family or setting a career goal, looking back and having had the ability to obtain that college education... they're experiencing more than just academics."

    Beth Kulow, Dean of Student Services at Southwestern Iowa Community College