Bridge to College

Bridge to College is a free program that provides as-needed resources, support and guidance to prospective students between high school graduation and the first day of college classes.

Helping Students Reach their First Day of College

Bridge to College is a free program that provides as-needed resources, support, and guidance to students between high school graduation and the first day of college classes. Bridge to College is open to all Stamford graduating seniors, no matter what college they plan to attend.

Why is Bridge to College Important?

Stamford Cradle to Career’s Bridge to College program combats “summer melt” by ensuring that students fulfill their requirements prior to the start of the fall semester. According to a post-participation survey, 80 percent of responding students found the program helpful in completing all the steps to enroll in college, including:

  • General Guidance
  • Placement Exams
  • Timelines and Deadlines
  • Registering for Classes
  • Financial Aid Process
  • Submitting Required Paperwork

100% of students surveyed said they were likely to recommend Bridge to College to a friend.

Working with Stamford Students

In support of the SC2C objective to ensure that “all Stamford youth will succeed academically and attain postsecondary degree and/or obtain employment,” SC2C brought together multiple stakeholders reduce ‘summer melt’ within our community.

The Bridge to College program provides resources, support, and guidance to students between high school graduation and the first day of college classes. It aligns the efforts of students, families, Stamford Public Schools, higher education institutions, and community partners.

SC2C obtained private funding, leveraged SPS resources for the pilot program and provided backbone support. The program is based on a national model launched in Albany, NY, and offers in depth one-on-one and small group counseling.

Support is provided to students in Tiers:

Tier 1: All college intending high school graduates receive tailored, pre-programmed text message reminders and encouragement.

Tier 2: All first-generation high school graduates intending to attend college receive all Tier 1 services in addition to a personal call from a college counselor to ensure college plans are finalized.

Tier 3: Any college intending high school graduate requesting additional support; either in response to system generated text message or from the personal phone call offered to Tier 2 students. These students receive one-on-one support from a college counselor.

(I liked) the communication between me and my counselor and how helpful she was. I would not be going to NCC right now without her help.

– 2020 Stamford High School Graduate

Action Plans

To effectively measure and identify effective practices while aligning resources, we have designed and developed a detailed Action Plan process. The process and the related template were created in close partnership with Stamford Public Schools and the Superintendent’s team. This process is consistently followed by all CANs. Each CAN is at a different stage of action plan completion, depending on the complexity of its objectives and the available data.

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