2,932

students were seen for academic coaching

1,078

students have taken above average courses

1,727

students engaged in preparation for PSATs

327

students have  earned college credits

3,000

Average number of students annually

2,563

Graduated
High School

38%

Received College Credits upon graduating

1,711

FAFSA
completion

1,549

Enrolled
in College

3,000

Average number of students annually

2,563

Graduated
High School

38%

Received College Credits upon graduating

1,711

FAFSA
completion

1,549

Enrolled
in College

WELCOME

NEW CT State One College Application

This marks a vital and exhilarating first step towards accepting students to Connecticut State Community College under a one-system application. As of October 1, 2022, any student applying for the Fall 2023 semester will use the new CT State Application:

Get Ahead, Get Started

If you are a student, parent, guardian or educator, you can increase college and career readiness with GEAR UP CT, a federally-funded grant program that helps empower local communities to inspire students to think beyond what they see today. GEAR UP CT provides the tools, resources and programs to help low-income students starting as early as 7th grade in East Hartford, Meriden and Waterbury increase their success in education.

Click here to start your journey...

Students & Parents

What is GEAR UP CT?

“The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)" initiative is one of the largest and most effective programs focused on increasing the college and career readiness of low-income students in communities nationwide. GEAR UP is a highly competitive grant program that helps empower local partnerships comprised of K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, state agencies, and community organizations to achieve three strategic goals.

GOALS

1.  Increase postsecondary expectations and readiness of students.

2.  Improve high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment rates.

3.  Increase student and family knowledge of postsecondary options, preparation, and financial aid.

SERVICES (NOT LIMITED TO)

• Tutoring / Mentoring

• College Awareness / Virtual Tours

• Testing Preparation

• Summer Programming

• Career Planning / Workshops

• College Planning

• Financial Aid Workshops

SUCCESS

GU strives to build capacity within the local communities that are being served to ensure students have the opportunity, skills, knowledge, and confidence upon high school graduation to successfully pursue higher education [Certificate Programs, 2- or 4-year degree] and/or workforce opportunities that will enable them to achieve their career and life goals. GEAR UP teams are committed to working alongside local school districts and partner colleges where all students are empowered and equipped with an education and the skills to succeed in a diverse and global society.

What is GEAR UP CT?

“The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)" initiative is one of the largest and most effective programs focused on increasing the college and career readiness of low-income students in communities nationwide. GEAR UP is a highly competitive grant program that helps empower local partnerships comprised of K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, state agencies, and community organizations to achieve three strategic goals.

These goals are:

1. Increase postsecondary expectations and readiness of students.
2. Improve high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment rates.
3. Increase student and family knowledge of postsecondary options, preparation, and financial aid.

Services include but not limited to:

• Tutoring / Mentoring
• College Awareness / Virtual Tours
• Testing Preparation
• Summer Programming
• Career Planning / Workshops
• College Planning
• Financial Aid Workshops

GEAR UP builds capacity within communities to ensure that underserved students have the opportunity, skills, and knowledge to successfully pursue the education and training that will enable them to achieve their career and life goals. Our committed GEAR UP teams along with partner colleges and school districts will work towards a future where all students are empowered and equipped with the education and training needed to succeed in a diverse and global society.

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GEAR UP CT PSAT Bootcamp!

Upcoming Meriden News

  • Come and learn how to Code on December 13 at “Cookies & Coding” at Maloney High School at 2pm. Afterschool late bus available. (See flyer).

  • Self-Care Planning at Maloney & Platt High School. (See flyer).

  • Ongoing SAT Prep Skills w/GU - Join us during your study period to review SAT questions and get prepared. See flyer for scan code.

  • If you love reading, join the GU Meriden Book Club on Wednesday’s after school
Upcoming Waterbury Events

After-School Clubs as follows:
  • College & Career Clubs at Crosby, Kennedy, Waterbury Career Arts & Waterbury Academy Magnet.
  • College/Career Roadmap
  • Career Exploration
  • Wilby: Book Club - "The Other Black Girl" (see flyer)
  • Crosby: GEAR UP Learning Lab - STEM Activities and Career Exploration

  • Kennedy & Crosby: Tower Garden Hydroponic Growing Club
  • Kennedy: Academic Support (Thursday only)

  • November College Degrees 101: College degrees are not one-size-fits all. The type of degree your student achieves and the type of school they will go to depends on the type of career they are interested in. (see flyer)
  • Dec 12th - CCSU College Campus Tour. Must register.

Departs NVCC at 8:30am – Returns 5pm to NVCC. Transportation provided. Must register online at: GEAR UP HBCU College Fair: November, 12th, 2022 Registration (google.com)

  • College Should Fit you Beyond Academics