Partnership Grant Projects


Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas

Starting in 2008, Bryan ISD GEAR UP faculty partnered with Texas A&M University to unite school districts, community organizations, and other businesses to work toward the common goal of improving school completion and college attendance rates. From job shadowing with the city of Bryan to dispensing college “tips of the week” from TAMU and Blinn College, Bryan ISD GEAR UP offers many ways to boost the level of success for students. The project caters to the individual needs of its students, offering self-determination and advocacy training for students with disabilities and collaborating with service agencies to provide mental-health counseling for those most at risk. The team at Bryan ISD GEAR UP also offers resources for parents and educators—including TAMU-sponsored workshops on scholarship opportunities and collegiate financial support.

Bryan ISD GEAR UP in the News

Program Highlights

  • Working in collaboration with local television stations, Bryan ISD GEAR UP created a series of public service announcements featuring staff from Texas A&M University and Blinn College. These PSAs conveyed the importance of attending college and the advantages associated with obtaining a college degree. Several public interest stories profiling the GEAR UP program were also produced, increasing community awareness about the project.


  • The project partnered with the Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living to raise awareness about college programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities and other special needs.


  • Bryan ISD GEAR UP hosts monthly parent-to-parent talks, giving GEAR UP parents an opportunity to meet with educators and increase their understanding of postsecondary readiness in an informal setting. 
  • Years of Grant: 2008-2014
  • ESC Region(s): Region 6
  • Students Served: 978


Department of Educational Psychology

Texas A&M University
4225 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4225


Program Leadership


  • Bryan Collegiate High School

    Bryan ISD

  • Bryan High School

    Bryan ISD

  • James Earl Rudder High School

    Bryan ISD

  • Mary Catherine Harris School

    Bryan ISD