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.
Carlos Ojeda Jr. | CoolSpeak
Keynote: 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 provides 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.

Concurrent Workshop 1

Show Me The Money: Finding the Aid

Facilitator: Angela Vivar
Angela Vivar is a bilingual workshop higher education/college knowledge facilitator. creating bilingual (Spanish and English) programming for students and families to gain access to higher education regardless of socioeconomic status, background, neighborhood, or national origin.

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!

CoolCareers Panel


Host: Carlos Ojeda Jr.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Tough question. Let’s make it easier by introducing you to some CoolCareers.

This panel will feature awesome individuals in really cool jobs. You’ve got questions, they’ve got answers.

Closing Session

Recap, Closing Remarks & A Prize!

Hosted By: Carlos Ojeda Jr.
  • Recap and Review
  • Brainteaser Challenge
  • Spin The Wheel
  • Preview: The Big Game Show


Evening Event

The Big Game Show

Host: Carlos Ojeda Jr.
A fun and interactive test of wit and strength (okay, so no feats of strength.) The Big Game Show is a virtual game show that mixes trivia, college readiness, and silly, crazy questions to produce a virtually cool experience. Every student can compete, every student will be tested, and every student will laugh and have fun, but only one student can win the Big Prize.

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