ConnCAP

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The UConn Collegiate Awareness and Preparation (ConnCAP) Program motivates and prepares Connecticut students from underserved communities with potential for success, in grades 6-12 and at the post-secondary level.

ConnCAP builds on the success of more than 50 years of working with Connecticut’s first generation to college and low-income students. The ConnCAP program receives funding from the Connecticut Office of Higher Education and the University of Connecticut to provide ongoing support through academic year and summer components at all UConn campuses.

Avery Point           Hartford and Storrs         

Stamford           Waterbury

The Academic Year Component

ConnCAP enhances educational opportunities for students throughout the academic year by offering programs and services in 5 key areas:

High School Success

  • Tutoring services
  • Standardized Test preparation
  • Individual and Family Advising

College and Career Preparation

  • College and Business Tours
  • STEM Workshops
  • Financial Aid Advising
  • Mentoring

Health and Wellness

  • Mental and Physical Health Activities
  • Healthy Cooking Instruction
  • Financial Wellness Coaching
  • Writing for Self-expression Workshop

Personal Development

  • Leadership Training
  • Service Opportunities
  • Team Building Activities
  • Personal Branding Workshop

Family Engagement

  • Family Workshops
  • Family Night Events
  • Parent Board

ConnCAP enhances educational opportunities for students throughout the academic year by offering programs and services in 5 key areas:

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The Summer Component

During a multiweek on-campus experience, ConnCAP students have the opportunity to:

Complete Foundational Courses

Course topics include:

  • English Literature, Composition and Writing
  • Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Trigonometry
  • Physical Science and Robotics
  • Biology and Chemistry with Lab
  • Physics with Lab
  • Environmental Science
  • Economics,
  • Human Rights

Qualified students may also complete Early College Experience (ECE) courses for college credit. 

Cultivate Skills for College Preparedness

Through summer programming, students will learn about:

  • Research
  • Logic and Reasoning
  • Academic Survival
  • Test Preparation
  • Major and Career Exploration

Develop a Well-Rounded College Admissions Profile

Students engage in:

  • Social and Cultural Enrichment Activities
  • Community Service Projects

Engage in Voluntary Personal Enrichment Activities

Some examples include:

  • Sports
  • Recreation
  • Creative/Expressive Writing
  • Art
  • Public Speaking
  • Leadership
  • Culinary Arts
  • Digital Design

 

ConnCAP enhances educational opportunities for students throughout the academic year by offering programs and services in 5 key areas:

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Eligibility

To participate in the Connecticut Collegiate Awareness and Preparation Program students must meet one or both of the following criteria:

  1. Be first-generation to college (neither parent or guardian has a degree from a four-year college).
  2. The family must meet federal income guidelines and be considered low-income (parents/guardians’ income documentation will be requested in order to complete the application).

Questions?

Please contact ConnCAP Program Director, Dr. Christina Irizarry: christina.irizarry@uconn.edu | 860-486-0690