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Get Ready was established in the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (MOHE) in 1995 in response to a study conducted by the Wilder Research Foundation. The study highlighted the barriers hindering underrepresented students' participation in higher education and emphasized the importance of:

  1. providing both students and families with college and career information at an early age in order to broaden their thinking about postsecondary options;
  2. opportunities for experiential learning and firsthand exploration; and
  3. publications available in multiple languages.

To expand this work, MOHE applied for and was awarded federal funding through the Gaining Early Awareness Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant in 1999. GEAR UP is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to attend and find success in post-secondary education by providing 5-7 year grants to states and partnerships who provide services that align with this mission. The program was awarded its 4th state grant in 2017 which will be its primary source of funding until 2024.

Throughout this time, Get Ready has changed its model to reflect the needs of students and families. In the last three grant cycles, Get Ready functioned in a direct-service capacity, helping students obtain relevant information, resources and experiences that helped them make decisions about their postsecondary education. However, this has changed with the most recent model of Get Ready which is focused on obtaining system's level change. See Our Model page for more information about our model.

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