GEAR UP West 2019

GEAR UP West Pre-Conference Session 2019

Exploring College Fit

Where students enroll in college can be just as important as if they enroll. Students are more likely to complete college if they attend an institution that fits their social, academic, and financial needs. Learn the research about the importance of college fit at every stage of the college choice process for students in middle school through 12th grade. Come ready to participate in engaging activities and make a plan for using them with students.


Dana Beck is the Program Manager in charge of communications for Oregon GEAR UP. Previously, she was the Precollege Programs Coordinator for Oregon State University, the marketing director of a summer camp, a substitute teacher and a freelance writer. Dana holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an Ed.M. from Oregon State University. She served on the Board of Directors for the Oregon College Access Network and currently chairs the national GEAR UP Communications Advisory Group. Her passions include travel, being outdoors and cheese.


Adrienne Enríquez is a program manager for Oregon GEAR UP, responsible for coordinating statewide initiatives and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining the Oregon GEAR UP team, Adrienne served as the director of multicultural recruitment in two college admissions offices, was a high school math teacher, and ran an afterschool program for middle school students. Adrienne holds a B.A. from Grinnell College and an M.A. from the University of Miami. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Oregon College Access Network, as a member of Portland Public School’s Citizens Budget Review Committee, and the Oregon ACT Council. She was named ACT’s Oregon Postsecondary Education Champion in 2018.