LISD awarded additional $2.7 million in grants

LISD awarded additional $2.7 million to prepare students for college
Posted on 01/16/2019
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DATE: January 16, 2019

LISD awarded additional $2.7 million to prepare students for college

The University of Texas at Austin College of Education Institute for Public School Initiatives awarded Lockhart Independent School District with $2.7 million through the UT Austin Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) grant program.

The program is a seven-year program that will provide current sixth and seventh graders the support, guidance, and opportunities to prepare them to be academically proficient and college ready by graduation. This support follows them into their first year of college. Additionally, the program increases the students’ knowledge and skills in STEM-Computer Science coursework and provides them with in-demand industry post-secondary credentials to prepare them for the workforce.

LISD was awarded $1.89 million through UT Austin’s GEAR UP program last year to serve the Class of 2023, currently eighth graders, through their first year of college. Because of the school district’s successful program implementation with this first cohort of students, UT Austin selected LISD to additionally serve students in the Classes of 2024 and 2025.

“The school district is excited to be able to expand the reach of GEAR UP programming to our current sixth and seventh graders,” said Superintendent Mark Estrada. “Because of this grant funding, every single student at Lockhart Junior High School right now will benefit from the long-term investment in them to prepare them for college and success in the workforce of the future.”

The superintendent also noted while the grant funds benefits current students at Lockhart Junior High School, the program allows for the district to implement systems that will benefit future students in years to come.

LISD is currently in the process of hiring staff to coordinate the GEAR UP program for this new grant cycle. Services begin this school year.

To learn more about Texas GEAR UP, visit

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