College Access and Challenge Grant (CACG)

The Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) program, part of NVCC’s Bridge to College department, is a collaborative between NVCC and the Waterbury Public School System to align curricula between NVCC English and math classes and Waterbury Public School Grade 11 and 12 English and math classes based on the Common Core of Standards adopted by Connecticut. At each of Waterbury’s three public high schools, Crosby, Kennedy and Wilby, the CACG program is developing and implementing aligned curricula in an 11th and 12th grade English classroom and an 11th grade math classroom, serving a total of nine classes.  Seven NVCC instructors and professors work closely with eight WPS high school teachers, co-teaching biweekly and meeting regularly to create lesson and unit plans based on Connecticut State Standards.  These lessons and unit plans are submitted to the program coordinator with the overall goal of drafting curricula aligned to state standards that will promote the acquisition of the skill sets necessary to successfully navigate high school and matriculate to college without the need for remediation.

This grant is funded by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.

Andrew Pelletier
College Access and Challenge Grant (CACG)
Program Coordinator