The mission of the federal GEAR UP program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education, is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post secondary education. This is done by promoting academic excellence through a variety of locally designed and innovative early intervention services.

NMU's GEAR UP grant is also supported by the King Chavez Parks Initiative College Day Program. Together, these grants help to support the students at North Star Academy and Gwinn Middle/High Schools.

MCAN launches free statewide College Advising Hotline

Michigan high school students can now receive timely answers to their questions about postsecondary education, thanks to a new college advising hotline. Michigan College Access Network and partners launched the hotline today in response to the global health crisis caused by COVID-19, aiming to fill the gaps created by the statewide school closure order. 

The hotline can be reached by calling or texting 810-373-5385. It is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but hours will be adjusted as necessary to best serve the needs of students. The service is staffed by college advisers from MCAN's AdviseMI program and the Michigan State University College Advising Corps. To help serve as many students as possible, the hotline initiative also is partnered with the Detroit Regional Chamber and Detroit College Access Network. For additional information, read the press release.

SAT Prep Videos

If you have any questions or would like to virtually meet to discuss tips for SAT preparedness, please contact our Graduate Assistant, Hailee Richards at harichar@nmu.edu.

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Fastest Growing Occupations through 2026

  1. Solar Photovoltaic Technician ($42,680)
  2. Wind Turbine Service Technician ($54,370)
  3. Home Health Aides ($24,200)
  4. Personal Care Aides ($24,020)
  5. Physician assistants ($108,610)
  6. Nurse Practitioners ($107,030)
  7. Statisticians ($87,780)
  8. Physical Therapist Assistants ($58,040)
  9. Software and Applications Developer ($103,620)
  10. Mathematician ($101,900)

Visit the Bureau of Labor and Statistics for more information.

Michigan's Hottest Careers through 2026

  1. Physician Assistants ($43- $58)
  2. Nurse Practitioner ($43- $55)
  3. Software and Applications Developer ($33- $53)
  4. Physical Therapist Assistants ($20- $30)
  5. Physical Therapist ($35- $48)
  6. Postsecondary Health Specialty Teacher ($36- $82)
  7. Market Research Analysts ($21- $40)
  8. Occupational Therapist ($31- $45)
  9. Dental Hygienists ($27- $34)
  10. Healthcare Social Workers ($22- $31)

Visit the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget for more information.