The Break Through Conference
Welcome and thank you for attending the WSU Tri-Cities GEAR UP Break Through Virtual Conference hosted by CoolSpeak.

This will be an opportunity for our WSU Tri-Cities GEAR UP Scholars from across the state to reconnect, support, and encourage each other during these trying times. Utilizing a mix of virtual platforms, we will come together for an unforgettable, empowering, and enlightening experience that will prepare our GEAR UP scholars to excel in their schools, on their campuses, and in our communities.


Welcome & Get Ready!

Hosted By: Carlos Ojeda Jr.
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Keynote: Juan Cangas
Juan Cangas has spent most of his life questioning, “Why do some people succeed in life while others fail?” Juan shares how to find the motivation to succeed. His drive to overcome barriers and desire to make his mother proud helped him become the first person in his family to attend college.

Concurrent Workshop 3

College Bootcamp: Get Ready To Lead

Facilitator: Chris Collins
Chris Collins is a speaker, author, and consultant with a message that is inspiring students across the country. His unique blend of humor, knowledge, and energy provide high impact moments with results that last long after the presentation. Chris has delivered talks to all types of crowds, including two of the largest High School districts in the country, national conferences, Fortune 500 companies, and colleges and universities of every shape, size, and hue.

Virtual Dance Party

“Virtual Dance Party”

Featuring: DJ Eko
During these virtual dance party breaks, and yes we expect some dancing to take place, dancers with the best moves will win a prize or two for showing off their moves. Finding a dance partner will earn you some bonus points too!

Family Breakout Session

Host: Angela Vivar
Discussions, Conversations, and Activities Prep!

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

Host: Carlos Ojeda Jr.
Why listen to us, the adults, when you can get advice from the real experts: your peers. They’ve walked the very path you are on and now they are talking about it. GEAR UP students share their successes, their regrets, and the best tips they can share to help you succeed.

Closing Session

Recap, Closing Remarks & A Prize!

Hosted By: Carlos Ojeda Jr.
  • Recap and Review
  • Throwing Out The Garbage
  • Video
  • Spin The Wheel


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