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GEAR UP
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!

FAMILY INVOLVEMENT

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

SERVICES & PROGRAMS

• 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

SCHOLARSHIPS

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:  National GEAR UP Week

GEAR UP Waterbury’s students toured the state capitol and met with:

Senator Joan Hartley, Ron Napoli, Jr., Wtby’s State Representative; former Wtby High School teacher

GEAR UP Wtby & UCONN Alumni Ashley Lamb, CT Democratic Legislative Aide

New & Exciting

Stay tuned for the
GEAR UP CT PSAT Bootcamp!

Upcoming