§ 694.23What additional activities are allowable for State GEAR UP projects?
In addition to the required and permissible activities identified in §§ 694.21 and 694.22, a State may use grant funds to carry out one or more of the following services and activities:
(a) Providing technical assistance to—
(1) Secondary schools that are located within the State; or
(2) Partnerships that are eligible to apply for a GEAR UP grant and that are located within the State.
(b) Providing professional development opportunities to individuals working with eligible cohorts of students.
(c) Providing administrative support to help build the capacity of Partnerships to compete for and manage grants awarded under the GEAR UP program.
(d) Providing strategies and activities that align efforts in the State to prepare eligible students to attend and succeed in postsecondary education, which may include the development of graduation and career plans.
(e) Disseminating information on the use of scientifically valid research and best practices to improve services for eligible students.
(1) Disseminating information on effective coursework and support services that assist students in achieving the goals described in paragraph (f)(2)(ii) of this section, and
(2) Identifying and disseminating information on best practices with respect to—
(i) Increasing parental involvement; and
(ii) Preparing students, including students with disabilities and students who are limited English proficient, to succeed academically in, and preparefinancially for, postsecondary education.
(g) Working to align State academic standards and curricula with the expectations of postsecondary institutions and employers.
(h) Developing alternatives to traditional secondary school that give students a head start on attaining a recognized postsecondary credential (including an industry-recognized certificate, an apprenticeship, or an associate's or a bachelor's degree), including school designs that give students early exposure to college-level courses and experiences and allow students to earn transferable college credits or an associate's degree at the same time as a secondary school diploma.
(i) Creating community college programs for individuals who have dropped out of high school that are personalized drop-out recovery programs, and that allow drop-outs to complete a secondary school diploma and begin college-level work.