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Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

Naugatuck Valley Community College and Waterbury Public Schools (WPS) have partnered with Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) to implement the second, federally-funded Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) program for Waterbury students.

The state of Connecticut received the seven-year, $25.8 million GEAR UP grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2019-2020; the previous GEAR UP program ran from 2012-2019. NVCC is one of three Connecticut community colleges collaborating with local public schools to implement the program. In partnership with WPS, NVCC is working toward the GEAR UP goal of helping students prepare for the rigors of a college education. The program serves over 1,500 current 8th graders through their graduation from high school as the Class of 2025 and into their first year of college. Through this alliance, students from high-need areas will receive early college awareness and support activities such as tutoring, mentoring, academic preparation, financial education, and college scholarships to improve access to higher education for students and their families. 

To stay connected on upcoming events, please visit GEAR UP CT and Waterbury GEAR UP.

For more information, please contact Megan Houlihan-Aceto, GEAR UP Waterbury Program Director, at NV-GearUp@nv.edu.

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Waterbury, CT 06702
Phone: (203) 574-8000

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