Gear Up Iowa, a program administered by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission, announced that video entries for its first video challenge on the importance of post-secondary education are ready for public viewing on its YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/gearupiowa.

The goal of Gear Up Iowa is to increase the number of academically at-risk students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. To help promote the importance of a college education, students were challenged to create a short video covering a college-going topic of their choice. A total of 13 videos were submitted by teams of students from Davenport West, Columbus Junction and Perry high schools.

The public has until the end of the day Monday, Feb. 11, to view the entries. The winning entry will be determined by the number of views each video receives, combined with evaluations from a panel of judges. The winning team will receive an all-expense-paid trip to San Francisco to attend the 2013 National Council for Community and Education Partnerships Gear Up conference and participate in the Youth Congress.