Partnership Grant Projects

ESC Region 12 College Link

Education Service Center Region 12
Waco, Texas

ESC Region 12 College Link is working to create a culture that fosters motivated administrators and qualified teachers working collaboratively in high-performing learning communities to enhance academic preparation and performance for all learners. Focusing on math and science, the College Link enlists the expertise of subject specialists to travel from district to district, implementing mentoring and modeling days to engage students and introduce educators to new technologies. The project also invests in community outreach, targeting such groups as the Lions, Kiwanis and Rotary Club—enlisting the aid of local organizations to raise GEAR UP awareness even further.

Program Highlights

  • ESC Region 12 College Link organizes the GEAR UP Youth Congress, a leadership-training workshop challenging select students to promote a college-going culture amongst their peers. More than 150 students from the region participate in interactive team-building activities that promote leadership principles and share visions of future career endeavors. 

  • Rising eighth- and ninth-graders have the option to participate in the Make it Green summer camp hosted by the College Link. Students explore each stage of the green design process as they construct a green studio—from brainstorming to creating a floor plan to building with recycled materials. They also reflect on the energy usage in their own homes and consider ways they can change their families' habits to lessen their environmental impact.
  • Years of Grant: 2011-2018
  • ESC Region(s): Region 12
  • Students Served: 6,228


Education Service Center Region 12

2101 West Loop 340
Waco, TX 76712


Program Leadership


  • Blum High School

    Blum ISD

  • Bynum High School

    Bynum ISD

  • Clifton High School

    Clifton ISD

  • Connally High School

    Connally ISD

  • Corsicana High School

    Corsicana ISD

  • Covington High School

    Covington ISD

  • Groesbeck High School

    Groesbeck ISD

  • Hillsboro High School

    Hillsboro ISD

  • Hubbard High School

    Hubbard ISDᅠ(Bowie County)

  • Kerens High School

    Kerens ISD

  • Ellison High School

    Killeen ISD

  • Harker Heights High School

    Killeen ISD

  • Gateway High School

    Killeen ISD

  • Killeen High School

    Killeen ISD

  • Robert M. Shoemaker High School

    Killeen ISD

  • Kopperl High School

    Kopperl ISD

  • Lampasas High School

    Lampasas ISD

  • Lometa High School

    Lometa ISD

  • Mexia High School

    Mexia ISD

  • Moody High School

    Moody ISD

  • Oglesby High School

    Oglesby ISD

  • Rosebud-Lott High School

    Rosebud-Lott ISD

  • Temple High School

    Temple ISD

  • Star High School

    Star ISD

  • Whitney High School

    Whitney ISD

  • Walnut Springs High School

    Walnut Springs ISD

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