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The New GEAR UP Student Enrollment Form for the 2022-2023 school year is now accessible for download.

 GEAR UP is only serving Class of 2023 & 2024 students at this moment.  These are current 12th and 11th graders.  In order for students to participate in GEAR UP events (e.g., college field trips, college advisement, and application support) students must complete the student enrollment form. Students can take the complete form to the College Center or drop it off at the student academy's main office.

What is gear up?

The GEAR UP program (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federal funded program designed to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

GEAR UP Background:

LA Promise Zone GEAR UP at Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academies is an extraordinary collaboration of Vaughn Next Century Learning Center (a Local Education Agency and direct funded charter school) with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). 

GEAR UP at CCLA is currently supporting two student cohorts which are: class of 2023 & 2024 and will continue serving them until the end of their senior year. 

FREE Services Provided by GEAR UP

  • College Awareness workshops during advisory.
  • College and Academic advisement.
  • English and Math tutoring support (in classroom) and after school.
  • Family engagement.
  • College and cultural field trips and much more.

If you have any questions regarding the  GEAR UP program or need college information, please stop by the College Center and speak to a GEAR UP staff.

College Center

About the College Center

Welcome to the College Center!


 GEAR UP is housed in the College Center (B-105). The Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-4:00 pm.  The College Center provides a variety of resources for college and career planning.  It is also a place where students and their families can come to obtain information on two and four-year colleges and universities, testing and test preparation, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities.

In collaboration with the academic counselors, we continue to work on building a comprehensive college-going culture for all students. In addition to scheduled appointments, students are welcome to come to the College Center during lunch or after school to utilize the resources, study, or eat lunch.


Links to access college apps

UC Application: August 1-November 30 

CSU Application: October 1-November 30

Financial Aid: FAFSA/CA Dream Act: October 1-March 2 (priority)

Common App: August 1:Your application deadline depends on whether you are applying early decision (typically November 1) or regular decision (typically January 1). Please check in with your individual college admissions office for any questions.

Scholarship Websites 

The city of san fernando scholarships

Please apply to the many scholarship opportunities that are offered by the city of San Fernando. Our CCLA students do not apply as much as they should. Please do apply. Here is the name of the many scholarships that are being offered.

1. Elias Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship (former ASE student)

2. Environmental Sustainability Scholarship and much more...

    Check the San Fernando City website for more recent and up-to-date      information.

About the College Center


The College Center is located in B-105 in the "B" Building (the building closest to the front of the school).


The College Center is open from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. 

 OFFICE NUMBER: 818-837-6080

the GEAR UP Staff:



GEAR UP Coordinator


MAJOR: Human Services

college & career resources

About Scripps College Academy

Career Exploration:

California Colleges provides information about specific public and private schools in California, career planning, and financial aid.

For more information visit their website HERE.

Collegeboard/ Big Future


QuestBridge for Juniors and Seniors:

The QuestBridge National College Match connects high-achieving low-income students with admission and full four-year scholarships to their partner colleges. College Match Scholarships, which are provided by participating colleges, cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, are loan-free, and require no parental contribution. To learn more please visit their website HERE.

Some of the QuestBridge partners colleges are: Amherst College, California Institute of Technology, Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pomona College, Princeton University, University of Southern California, Yale University and much more.