With commencement season in the air, MCC-Penn Valley paused to commend students who completed the Guided Educational Access to Reading Skills (GEARS) program.
GEARS, one of the first programs of its kind in the nation, was created to address the rising numbers of students entering the college system, yet still in need of reading remediation. Students are offered the opportunity to take one or two semesters of free instructional classes and be paired with a volunteer Literacy Kansas City tutor. The dual activity focuses exclusively on improving reading skills prior to enrollment in tuition-bearing courses. Many of the students completing the program have proceeded to MCC-Penn Valley classes, while others have earned certificates or improved job prospects.