HOW TO WE PREPARE rural Appalachian Students for lifelong learning success? Ideas are wanted! As the recently named program director for an East Tennessee school district’s GEAR UP TN project, I am seeking viable "out-of-the-box" ideas that are budget friendly to implement with rural Appalachian 7th and 12th grade cohort students to better prepare them for post-secondary life. Each year for the next six years we will be following and supporting student success with their pending post-secondary transition. Ideas already slated include college tours, tutoring, and individualized "work" plans.