The program helps students learn that they don’t have to be a tough guy with bad grades; they can be a tough guy with good grades. It lets them unlock potential they didn’t know they had.
NLA partners with Washington higher-education institutions in order to create comprehensive college preparation experiences formiddle-school and high-school students.
NLA has partnered with the University of Washington, Washington State University, Central Washington University, Heritage University; Big Bend, Yakima Valley, Columbia Basin, Wenatchee Valley and Walla Walla Community Colleges. NLA has managed GEAR UP programs affiliated with each of these institutions and written grants that have brought in significant new resources for college outreach.
Central Washington University and NLA have sustained a rich partnership through two GEAR UP projects from 2001-2011 serving twelve rural central Washington school districts.