Building a Bridge Program

How does the program work?

Initially the program started with high school juniors, completing Westerns placement exams in Writing and Mathematics to determine where they would place if they enrolled in college that semester. As a result, university and high school faculty would plan curricular changes for high school seniors to help at-risk students become college-ready. Students were retested in the spring of their senior year to measure progress. At the same time, juniors were tested for the next cohort of students in the project.

The Bridges partnership between Western and Bethel and Danbury high schools served as a model for the Connecticut State University System, with our three sister universities now engaged in projects with their local high schools. These collaborations cross boundaries and match high school standards with college expectations, improve access, accountability, affordability and the quality of the students education. In other words, prepared students enter the university ready to take full advantage of the opportunities offered

In 2010, the program evolved and began to offer a variety of educational outreach programs to middle school students at Danbury's Rogers Park and Broadview Middle Schools and Bethel Middle School. In 2014, Bridge extended its middle school programs to Westside Middle School Academy. The current components of WCSUs Bridges program include:

  • Enrichment Days
  • The Junior Meteorology Program
  • Tutoring for middle and high school students
  • Hurricane Research
  • Placement testing
  • Professional development workshops
  • Camp College

All the components of the WCSUs Bridges program are designed to support college preparation and equalize the pre-college experience at an earlier age for all students in our partner school districts.

For the second year a row, Bridges contributed to Western earning the distinction of being named to the 2014 Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a designation for colleges and universities recognized for their commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

Upcoming Activities            

  • Junior Meteorology Program - September 29 - November 19

  • Bridge tutoring at local middle schools - Ongoing

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