Fort Wayne Community Schools - College and Career Readiness

The K-12 College and Career Readiness program supports all FWCS students in establishing and pursuing college and career goals. Students are encouraged to aim high and reach their fullest potential in whatever path they choose.


The College and Career Readiness program works to prepare students and families for life after high school.

  • Support each student to achieve his/her college and career goals;
  • Prepare students to embrace curricular and co-curricular opportunities and challenges;
  • Inspire students to succeed inside and outside the classroom;
  • Challenge students to reach their potential and live with purpose; and
  • Equip students and the families with the proper resources in order for students to pursue college or a career upon graduating from high school.




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Shenita Bolton, E.D.S Director of K-12 College and Career Readiness

Angela Benge K-12 College and Career Readiness/GEAR UP Coordinator

Kyle Bond K-12 College and Career Readiness Family and Support Liaison

Stephanie Carlson GEAR UP Coordinator of Learning Partners and Programs

Allen Coultas GEAR UP Student Advisor

Karen Kill   GEAR UP Budget Secretary
Deidre Moore GEAR UP Student Advisor

Martin Murphy K-12 College and Career Readiness Coordinator

Leonel Pech GEAR UP Student Advisor

Michael Roberson GEAR UP Student Advisor
Tristan "Brody" Young GEAR UP Student Advisor

Bruce Schneider
K-12 Instrumental Music and "b Instrumental" Program Coordinator

Virgil Tharp District Athletic Director



Family and Community Engagement Center

230 E. Douglas Ave. Fort Wayne, IN 46802


College and Career

What do we offer?

Students and families have access to a wide range of services designed to help prepare for life after high school.
  • College and career resource area
  • Gear Up program (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) for students in the Class of 2024 & 2025
  • Individualized college and career planning
  • High School college and career prep programs
  • Middle School college and career exploration programs
  • K-5 college and career exploration program
  • 21st Century Scholars
  • Parent Trailblazer Program
  • FAFSA completion awareness program
  • College visits
  • College fairs
  • Summer career internships/externships