Welcome to the GEAR UP Waterbury Alliance website. GEAR UP’s mission is to create a college-going culture among Waterbury students and their families.

GEAR UP in Waterbury is a partnership between Naugatuck Valley Community College, the Waterbury Public School System, and the Greater Waterbury community. GEAR UP is administered through Naugatuck Valley Community College and the CT Board of Regents and is funded through the Department of Education.

The GEAR UP Waterbury Alliance serves a cohort of approximately 1,600 Waterbury students across four high schools and at Naugatuck Valley Community College.