What is GEAR?

GEAR is a community partnership between Gainesville Independent School District and local businesses. The program is designed to help students “Gain Education and Access Results” in order to become college and career ready after high school. The program was developed in 2015 by Select Energy Services and GISD.

GEAR gives students access to high quality, hands on business training in a variety of disciplines, including accounting, human resources, operations, IT, and marketing. GEAR also provides students the opportunity to earn scholarship money to pursue higher education. Select is the first company to be offering the training at it’s Gainesville operational headquarters, but the partnership will recruit additional Gainesville companies to join the initiative.


In addition to a life-changing experience, students also earn money. Each student earns $15 per hour while working with the company. Eight of those dollars go to the student’s regular paycheck, and the remaining seven dollars are put to the student’s scholarship fund.

At the end of the semester, if the student meets all of the requirements laid out by the partner company, students are eligible for a bonus scholarship to pursue higher education.



Students learn

  • Staff accountant shadowing
  • Basic accounting terminology & principles
  • Apply solutions to accounting problems
  • Learn the “whys” of the accounting process
  • Learn to navigate Select Energy Services accounting software (journal entries, charts of accounts, etc.)
  • Clerical duties: AP processing, paperwork, customer invoicing

Job Requirements

  • Grade of ‘B’ or above in Math
  • Detail oriented
  • Familiarity with Excel
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Able to write and communicate clearly and pleasantly

Human Resources

Students learn

  • Learn the various Benefits programs in place at Select Energy Services
  • Assist with development and implementation of workplace wellness initiatives
  • Learn about employee solutions and problem solving

Job Requirements

  • Computer skills (Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • An average of ‘B’ or above in English/Language Arts
  • Confidentiality

Operations Management

Students learn

  • Business Unit VP shadowing
  • Solving customer issues
  • Learn the various equipment used in the oil and gas industry
  • Learn the factors that drive business decisions (overall market, margins, etc.)

Job Requirements

  • Must possess excellent communication skills and work well with others
  • Ability to complete tasks/assignments above the standard
  • Skilled in problem solving
  • Computer skills recommended
  • GPA requirements: Overall ‘B’ average to qualify

Information Technology

Students learn

  • Learn employee solutions and Helpdesk functions
  • Issuing phones, computers, and tablets
  • Implementing technology programs to enhance business functions (SharePoint, NAV, etc.)

Job Requirements

  • Basic Networking knowledge
  • Strong PC and troubleshooting skills
  • Customer service skills
  • Excellent time management
GEAR by Avila Art 2015-25


Students learn

  • Learn the basics of Branding and Corporate Culture
  • Assist with copy writing and editing marketing materials
  • Assist with event planning
  • Social Media for Business
  • Assist with promoting the GHS program

Job Requirements

  • Grade of ‘B’ or above in English
  • Detail oriented
  • Familiarity with PowerPoint
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Able to write and communicate clearly and pleasantly


Students learn

  • Learn about the software used to make the company successful
  • Assist with Accounts Payable entries
  • Assist with answering telephones

Job Requirements

  • Grade average of ‘B’ or above
  • Detail oriented
  • Familiarity with Excel
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Able to work independently
GEAR-Fall 2015-11


In addition to an hourly wage, students will earn scholarship money for hours worked. Upon successful completion of the program, students have the opportunity to earn a bonus scholarship of $5,000.



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