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Ikie Brooks

Seeking inspiration for your students?

Look no further than Ikie Brooks, a junior at  Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently featured Ikie, who grew up in a rural town devastated by economic hardship and widespread drug addiction. With the support of GEAR UP, Ikie is beating the odds and on his way to graduate college.

In 7th grade, Ikie started GEAR UP, the federal program that increases the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

NCCEP, the nonprofit that runs Career & College Clubs, is a leader in the GEAR UP community by advocating for the GEAR UP program before the White House, Members of Congress and the Department of Education; and by serving as the annual GEAR UP conference convener, offering training and programs to support and advance the GEAR UP movement. Career & College Clubs and GEAR UP share similar goals and a focus on starting the college/career journey before high school.

Congratulations to Ikie, West Virginia GEAR UP,  and all GEAR UP providers working to help students succeed.

To read and watch the Ikie’s story, click here.


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