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10th Grade Family Event on March 1st at NVCC! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Summer College Course Application: APPLY HERE

May 17th Family Meeting: REGISTER HERE


Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

If you’re a student, parent, guardian or educator, you can increase college and career readiness with GEAR UP WATERBURY, a federally-funded grant program that helps empower local students to think beyond what they see today. GEAR UP CT provides the tools, resources and programs to help students starting as early as middle school to increase their success in education.

Through GEAR UP, we currently serve the class of 2025 across the City of Waterbury at Crosby High School, Kennedy High School, Wilby High School, State Street School, Enlightenment School, Waterbury Arts Magnet and Waterbury Career Academy.

GEAR UP is...

A partnership program between Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, the Waterbury Public Schools, and Naugatuck Valley Community College to support current 10th graders. We aim to increase the number of students prepared for and ready to succeed in college!


Get support and advice on how to help your student succeed in high school, and in their pursuits after high school graduation.


• Academic Support Services
• PSAT & SAT Prep
• After School Programing
• Financial Literacy & Advising
• Social-Emotional Support  
• Spring Break & Summer Programs
• Family Engagement
• College and Career Exposure
• Rigorous Course Preparation
• First Year College Support


Scholarship opportunities will be made available upon successful completion of the program &
completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). GEAR UP will help you find local, national, and sponsored scholarships based on your individual needs.

NEWS IN GEAR: Spring Break College Tour

During Spring Break, forty GEAR UP students and six chaperones participated in a four-day college tour of schools in Springfield, Boston, and Newport.

Students visited seven campuses, including Westfield State University, Springfield College, Western New England University, Harvard University, Boston University, Mass Art, and Salve Regina University. In addition to these college tours, students ate in campus dining halls, participated in team-building activities, and experienced life in each city to help them along the path of finding the right "fit" when exploring colleges and universities.

"What's Your Post High School Game Plan?" Media Event, April 20, 2023 at Platt HS, Meriden, CT

Darchelle Hutchins, GU EH Local Program Coordinator; Lesley Mara, AVP Systemwide Initiatives and Sponsored Programs • Academic & Student Affairs; Marisol Salaman, GU CT Fiscal Manager; Jennifer Allen, GEAR UP Wtby Grant Compliance Officer; Michael Savage, GU EH CCR Coordinator
What a team at the April 20 media event at Platt High School in Meriden, CT:    Scott Burrell, NBA Champion; Christina Lapierre, State Program Director for GEAR UP CT; Fatima Islam, GEARUP student; Alice Pritchard from CSCU, and NCAA and WNBA Champion Morgan Tuck.

What a team at the April 19 media event at Platt High School in Meriden, CT:    Scott Burrell, NBA Champion;Christina Lapierre, State Program Director for GearUP CT; Fatima Islam, GEARUP student; Alice Pritchard from CSCU, and NCAA and WNBA Champion Morgan Tuck.

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