In 2014-15, the Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) Library participated in a national assessment program. Through assessment of information literacy skills of First Year Experience (FYE) students at NVCC, the Library found that information literacy skills required intervention. As a result of these findings, the Library reached out to GEAR UP, in the hopes of helping to strengthen information literacy in local high schools. In the first phase of the project, select social studies classes and library media center specialists from Crosby, Kennedy, and Wilby high schools visited NVCC’s library media center to work with staff on how to identify credible sources for research.
GEAR UP welcomes its new director, Liana Cunningham. Liana graduated from Trinity College with her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2009. Shortly after, Liana began her career with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE), starting as the Public Affairs Fellow. In this position, she managed the organization’s college internship program, training and organizing college students across Connecticut. She then transitioned to the role of Community Educator, providing educational programming to youth in the Greater Hartford area. Passionate about youth programming, Liana started and oversaw PPSNE’s peer education program in Hartford.