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Nick Cannon kicks off National GEAR UP Day at Santa Ana College - Sept. 30

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Nick Cannon and NCredible Entertainment will kick off National GEAR UP Day at Santa Ana College (SAC) to promote the importance of college attendance and academic achievement among more than 400 intermediate and high school students from the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD).

SAC and SAUSD, in concert with the University of California at Irvine (UCI), Latino Health Access and the Delhi Community Center, form the Santa Ana GEAR UP Partnership, which has reached more than 20,000 students since 1999 at six intermediate and four high schools with critical messages and resources to urge academic scholarship, high school graduation and increase the college-going rate from our community.

The event, which is not open to the public, but for invited students only, will include an inspirational address by Nick Cannon, whose personal mission includes inspiring teens to pursue their dreams and obtain an education. His presentation will be followed by a live performance featuring NCredible Entertainment and other celebrities.

Santa Ana College was selected by the National Council for Community and Educational Partnerships as the location for this very special observation because of the college’s long-term success with the National GEAR UP program.

Here's the day's program:

10:00 a.m.

Opening remarks by Erlinda J. Martinez, Ed.D., president, SAC; Raúl Rodríguez Ph.D.,chancellor, Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD); Larry Labrado, president, of the RSCCD Board of Trustees; and Jane Russo, superintendent, SAUSD

10:10 a.m. Hector Garza, Ed.D., international president,
National Council for Community and Educational Partnerships

10:13 a.m. Annetta Bryant, president, Reign & Associates:
Recognition for Nick Cannon as the national GEAR UP spokesperson and GEAR UP champion.

10:15 a.m. Inspirational remarks by Nick Cannon

10: 30 a.m. Performances by NCredible Entertainment

11:00 a.m.

Campus tours provided for students by the SAC student ambassadors and Padres Promotores, bilingual parents who canvass local neighborhoods sharing information to help parents support their children with homework, goal setting and early college preparation.

When/Where:

Thursday, September 30

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Phillips Hall(the theatre faces Bristol St.; located south of the intersection of 17th and Bristol St.) (View campus map)

Santa AnaCollege

1530 W. 17th St. (Map/Directions)

Santa Ana

Parking: The designated parking area for media is Visitor Lot #3, located at the front of campus (lot faces 17th St.). (View campus map)

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