Pre-Collegiate and Access Programs

The Western Connecticut State University Pre-Collegiate and Access Programs include the following programs: Danbury Public Schools Collaborative/Upward Bound, Excel, EA²P(Educational Achievement and Access Program) and PASS (Promoting Academically Successful Students).

The Danbury Public Schools Collaborative/Upward Bound Program is a year-round, college preparatory program serving approximately 110 Danbury High School students from grades 9 through 12. The Excel Program is a middle-school (Broadview, Rogers Park, and Westside Academy) feeder program for the Danbury Public Schools Collaborative/Upward Bound Program, currently serving 90 students in grades 7 and 8.   The WCSU EA²P Program is a year-round academic enhancement program serving underprivileged college students.

 

EA²P (Educational Achievement & Access) Program

Westconn’s EA²P program provides under-prepared students with the opportunity and support they need to obtain a college education. The EA²P program includes a challenging introductory five-week commuter program that assists students in developing their academic skills. The program provides the first step toward achieving academic success at WestConn by offering a rewarding “head start” toward a student’s college career.

Learn more about the EA²P program
EA²P Services
Application Information

 

pass (Promoting academically successful students)  Program

The Western Connecticut State University PASS Program, sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education, is designed to enable minority and students in underserved populations to make progress towards their academic goals and get back into good academic standing. Using the peer support model and caseload approach, the WCSU PASS program will provide the following services to assist the academic and social development of its participants.

  1. Peer mentors meet with PASS participants to work on study skills, test-taking strategies, and advocacy.
  2. Peer mentors help make students feel more included by developing self-advocacy skills through modeling behavior associated with successful academic progress.
  3. Participants attend weekly meetings with support professionals who will address study skills, financial aid questions, career opportunities, and other campus navigation issues.
  4. Participants receive essential course materials and equipment.

To learn more about participating in the PASS Program, please contact Yara Zoccarato, (203) 837-9399, zoccaratoy@wcsu.edu.

 

DANBURY PUBLIC SCHOOLs COLLABORATIve/Upward Bound Program

The Western Connecticut State University Danbury Public Schools Collaborative/Upward Bound Program is an opportunity for high school students to develop their academic potential and achieve their goal of admission into a post-secondary educational program. The program serves Danbury High School students in families where neither parent has completed a 4-year college degree and/or low-income families whose taxable income is within state and federal eligibility guidelines.

Learn more about the Danbury Public Schools Collaborative/Upward Bound program
Danbury Public Schools Collaborative/Upward Bound Services
Eligibility Guidelines

Application Information

 

EXCEL Program

The Western Connecticut State University Excel Program is an opportunity for middle school students, in grades 7 and 8,  to develop their academic potential and achieve their goal of admission into a post-secondary educational program upon completion of high school. The program serves Broadview,  Rogers Park and Westside Middle School students in families where neither parent has completed a 4-year college degree and/or low-income families whose taxable income is within our eligibility guidelines

Learn more about the Excel program
Excel services
Eligibility Guidelines
Application Information