Kentucky GEAR UP graduate to be featured speaker at NYC workshop
Press Release Date: Friday, February 10, 2012
Contact Information: Sue Patrick
As a freshman at Elliott County High School in eastern Kentucky, Joshua (Josh) Sparks never envisioned that he would someday emerge as a national speaker. Sparks, a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with four college majors in mathematics, sociology, statistics and cultural studies, will be the featured speaker at a national conference expected to attract more than 1,100 educators and college access professionals to New York City on February 14.
The 2012 GEAR UP/NCCEP Capacity-Building Workshop is designed and coordinated by the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) and planned in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education for the GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) program.
“Through GEAR UP, I had a chance to understand what college is all about, what it takes to get there, and why it is important,” said Sparks, who is currently pursuing a master’s degree in statistics at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.