K-16 President's Counselor Conference
Supporting First Generation College Studentsby:
- Laurie Miller (Gear Up), Denny Aldridge, Salli Robinson
Gear Up - How counselors have the ability to help students through their own awareness of cultural differences, family dynamics, economic issues, etc.
- Maraia Weingarten (Trio), Michael Campbell, Victor Narsimulu
Trio - A comprehensive guidance model for college preparation of students from low income and potential first generation college students.
Laurie Miller has been the Statewide Director for Utah's GEAR UP Educational Program since 2006. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally-funded program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Denny serves as a GEAR UP counselor to students in the Nebo School District. Salli serves as a GEAR UP counselor to students at East High School.
Maraia Weingarten has been the TRIO Director for College Prep Programs (ETS & Upward Bound) at UVU (2 federally-funded programs) since 1991 and was the UVU Site Director for the first GEAR UP Partnership Grant with Provo School District from 1999 to 2005. She was a former school counselor with Alpine School District Alternative Programs - Mothers' High School and Assisted Studies and former president of the Utah Counseling Association that worked with the legislature to pass the LPC license for Master's level counselors. She was also a former member of the Utah School Counselors' Association and the Utah Mental Health Counselors' Association and their national affiliates.