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Bridge to College

Welcome to Bridge to College

The Bridge to College office is dedicated to providing early intervention and academic support services to selected students ensuring successful completion of high school, college matriculation and college graduation as well as empowering students to achieve their academic goals and to utilize their skills to serve the community through volunteerism.

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Contacts | GEAR UP


Project Director
Megan Houlihan-Aceto

Site Coordinators
Rosemary Agati

Alicia Thompson        

Contacts | College & Career Pathways

College & Career Pathways:

College Career Pathway Coach
Summer Payne

Contacts | Upward Bound

Upward Bound:

Parent Engagement Specialist
Cecelia  Christmas

Crosby High School Site Coordinator
Yovany Cruz
Kennedy High School Site Coordinator
Kamara Hall
Wilby High School Site Coordinator

Karima Jackson  

Upward Bound Math & Science
Katherine Jeronimo-Luis                              

Contacts | Bridge to College

Bridge to College Director
Tim Magee
Phone: 203-575-8007

Bridge to College Grants Compliance Officer
Connie Luciano

About our Programs:

College Career Pathway

College Career Pathways (CCP) is a partnership between NVCC and regional area high schools to offer college-level courses on-site at local high schools. All CCP courses are articulated with NVCC and are delivered by the high school faculty. 


GEAR UP’s vision is that all students are academically, socially, and financially prepared to enter and complete the postsecondary program or institution of their choice. 

We believe that young people who start planning in middle school have a better chance of entering college and completing their degrees. 

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a competitive federal program that provides six- and seven-year grants to education/community partnerships and states to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. For more information on GEAR UP visit our GEAR UP FAQ page.

Upward Bound 

Upward Bound is one of the oldest Trio Programs, it is a highly successful college based program of rigorous academic instruction, individual tutoring and counseling for low-income, disadvantaged high school students most of whom are the first generation of their families to consider post-secondary education. During the summer, Upward Bound students emerge themselves at Naugatuck Valley Community College’s campus for six weeks and are involved in an intensive academic study program with an emphasis on English, mathematics, science, foreign language, and global citizenship. During the academic year, Upward Bound students receive academic instruction, tutoring and mentoring after school. Mentors follow their progress in high school and the students learn about the college application process and how to apply for student financial assistance.

Upward Bound Math & Science 

The Upward Bound Math-Science Program is designed to help low-income and first-generation high school students recognize and develop their potential, to excel in math and science, pursue post secondary degrees, and ultimately careers in the math and science professions.  Activities, trips, and involvement are designed to help students become more familiar with S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education.

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