Building a Bridge Program


Mission Statement

The Western Connecticut State University Bridge Program is committed to providing educational access and opportunities to students from the Bethel and Danbury school districts. Through a collaborative effort, the Bridge program matches high school standards with college expectations, improves access, accountability and affordability. Bridge provides participants information about post-secondary education, fosters potential and provides enrichment opportunities.  Our goal is simple, support college readiness for all high school students so that post-secondary education is an achievable dream.  We believe education empowers communities to inspire future generations and effect change.

Program Overview

Middle school students participating in a STEM Enrichment Day activity

Since the 2004-2005 school year, Western Connecticut State University has partnered with Bethel and Danbury high schools on a project called �Building a Bridge to Improve Student Success.� The partnership has helped thousands of high school seniors move successfully to college� and succeed there.

The majority of students who graduate from Bridges and attend Western are able to skip remedial classes in mathematics and writing; moving directly into credit-bearing courses. This provides students the opportunity to earn their university degree more quickly, saving both money and time.

Bridge students persist at Western at a solid rate. The first-year retention rate for Bridge students for the past two cohorts has ranged from 13 to 16 percentage points higher than for students from non-Bridges schools.

Partnering Schools

  • Bethel High School Danbury High School
    Bethel Middle School Rogers Park Middle School
    Broadview Middle School Westside Middle School Academy

Program Sponsors



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