AUGUSTA — Syntiro has announced that Deborah Gilmer has been named the project director for GEAR UP Maine RISE (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs).

With a background in education and a strong commitment to student success, Gilmer’s appointment promises to drive the GEAR UP Maine RISE program to new heights. Gilmer has been president of Syntiro for more than 10 years.

Gilmer brings a wealth of expertise to her role as project director, having earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in special education from the University of Maine. Her career has been marked by a dedication to empowering students and championing educational excellence, according to a news release from South Gardiner-based Syntiro.

. “I am committed to working collaboratively with our schools, families, and community partners to ensure that every Maine student has access to the resources required to achieve their dreams,” Gilmer said in the news release. “Together, we will forge a brighter future for the next generation.”

GEAR UP Maine RISE is a statewide initiative, in partnership with University of Maine at Farmington, committed to enhancing college and career readiness of Maine’s students. The program offers resources, guidance, and support to help students navigate the path to higher education, empowering them to achieve their full potential.

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