Join hundreds of college access professionals, educators, counselors, and administrators from a dozen western states at the 13th annual GEAR UP West conference, Igniting Opportunities. Explore themes including student support, financial aid, family engagement and more.

The conference will take place October 20-22, 2019 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, in Tacoma, WA. Registration and lodging information is now available. Learn more and register today!

Join Us For These Events

  • Pre-conference Workshop: Exploring College Fit.
  • University of Washington Tacoma Campus Visit
  • GEAR UP West Professional of the Year Ceremony.
  • 50+ Breakout Workshops.
  • Exhibition Hall & Raffles.
  • And More!

Featured Confirmed Speakers and Performers

  • Dr. John B. King, Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama
  • Luis Ortega, Storytellers for Change
  • Chris Holmes, Missouri Teacher of the Year
  • Dr. Ann McMahon, Executive Director, STEM Researcher, University of Washington-Bothell
  • Gifted Gab and the Fab 5, Seattle Hip Hop and R&B Artist  

Nominations open! GEAR UP West Professional of the Year

The GEAR UP West Professional of the Year is someone who has done exemplary work on behalf of GEAR UP community, schools, staff, or students. Nominate someone who goes above and beyond. Applications due by September 2.

Pre-conference Is Filling Up Quickly-- Register While Space Is Still Available

Where students enroll in college can be just as important as if they enroll. Students are more likely to complete college if they attend an institution that fits their social, academic, and financial needs. Learn the research about the importance of college fit at every stage of the college choice process for students in middle school through 12th grade.

Come ready to participate in engaging activities and make a plan for using them with students. There is still space the pre-conference workshop that will be held in conjunction with the GEAR UP West conference. Space is limited. Please RSVP.

Conference Logistics

Ready to register? Head to the conference website. Book your lodging at one of the listed hotels that have agreed to offer special conference rates for GEAR UP West attendees. Please share this email with interested parties.