GRAMBLING, LA —In its sixth consecutive year Grambling State University will host the LA GEAR UP Summer Learning Camps this summer starting with week I which will be held during July 10 thru 16 and week II activities will be held from July 24 thru July 30. The focus of the LA GEAR UP (Louisiana Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) camps is to help students develop and enhance academic and leadership skills needed to promote success in planning and completing their post secondary education. According to the overall program goals , this initiative focuses on the following: 1) Provide stimulating experiences in Math, Science, Technology, and/or English/Language Arts; 2) Expand career goals and aspirations; 3) Provide information about college that includes early planning and financial support services; and 4) Combine learning with fun. Grambling professors Dr. Loretta Walton Jaggers and Dr. Nanthailia McJamerson serve as co-principle investigators for the LA GEAR UP Summer Learning Camp grant which totaled $110, 583. The grant is funded by the Louisiana Board of Regents (LA SIP/LA GEAR UP) to implement the two one week Summer Learning Camps at Grambling State University. Jaggers and McJamerson have been with the program for its six years and played key roles in getting the funds to implement the LA GEAR UP Summer Learning Camps at Grambling State University. In 2005 the university was funded $37,000 for a one week camp. Since that point, the funding and camp duration has increased.

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