College Readiness Programs

CCSU TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS)


TRiO Programs

Trio Summer Programs










July 10 - 21, 2017
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
CCSU Campus 

Participating students will engage in health and wellness activities that promote increased academic persistence and performance, as well as new inquiry based learning models for Math and Statistics, Science, Computing and Robotics. In addition, high school participants will gain extended experience in resume building, letters of intent towards jobs and higher education, and essential work skills.

Orientation for registered students will be held at the CCSU Main Campus, 1615 Stanley St. Vance Hall, Room 105 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm

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Visit the 4th annual Tech Savvy Conference


Learn STEM career options when TRiO visits the AAUW-CT's 4th annual Tech Savvy Conference!

Trinity College in Hartford

Saturday, March 4, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Bus will depart ITBD at 8 a.m. and return at 4:15 p.m.

Free and open to female students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Lunch will be provided.

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Date: February 4, 2017

Time: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: VANCE 003 on CCSU Campus

Last name waves: A-H 12 - 12:30 p.m., I-O would be 12:45 - 1:15 p.m., and then P-S 1:30 - 2 p.m., and T-Z would be 2:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Remember to Bring:

  • Your social security number, or if not a U.S. citizen, alien registration number or permanent residence card
  • Your driver’s license number
  • Your parents’ and your tax return(s) from two years before the academic year to which you are applying for financial aid, (e.g. students who apply for financial aid for the 2017-2018 academic year will base their FAFSA on 2015 Federal Income tax returns, and/or most recent if available.)
  • Your parents’ and your most recent bank statements
  • Your parents’ most recent business, mortgage and investment records

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College Exploration Program

College Exploration Programs

The 2015 College Exploration Program exposed rising 10th and 11th grade students to the rigors of college academia. Fifteen TRiO high school students participated in a two-week experience - attending classes taught by CCSU professors eating in the student dining facilities and staying oversight in a residential hall. Students who successfully finish the program will be eligible for .5 elective credit towards graduation in New Britain High School.

Enrollment deadline for Summer 2016 extended until June 1st! 

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College Visits


Join TRiO on visits to Springfield College, Western New England College, CCSU, UCONN, Eastern CT State University.

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SAT Prep Courses


CCSU TRiO ETS Program Juniors and Seniors! Sign up today for our SAT Prep course. Reduce anxiety, learn test taking skils, build your confidence. Click below to register.

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Senior Academy

Senior Academy

The 2015 Senior Academy program involved eighteen rising TRiO high school seniors and was geared to assist students with completing critical senior-year activities that are normally conducted between September and December of the Senior Year. Participants gained an understanding of college expectations related to academic performance, conduct, and classroom behavior; how to balance their academic and social life; how when and where to seek learning resources and in general, became better prepared for the college experience. SAT prep sessions in English and mathematics were also conducted. The students stayed overnight in Samuel May on two evenings. Students who successfully finish the program will be eligible for .5 elective credit towards graduation in New Britain High School.

Enrollment deadline for Summer 2016 extended until June 1st! 

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Introduction to 3D Printing and Design

Introduction to 3D Printing and Design

Be an Innovator

Learn how to design and print custom 3D products.
Discover how to turn your creative ideas into reality through the 3D Design and Engineering Process.
Learn to use Computer Aided Design Software, 3D printers and open source solutions to develop products.
Learn how to create and manage a 3D Printing business (high school only).

All are held at the CCSU Downtown Campus, 185 Main St., New Britain

Middle School Students: Ten consecutive Saturdays from October 7 - December 16, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Register early, only 10 seats available.

High School Students: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., October 16 - December 13

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Immersion Nautilus Live
NYC UN Next-Gen Camp

NYC UN Next-Gen Camp

NYC UN Next-Gen. Camp, an organization which focuses on open source computer program solution, invited CEP and SA students to participate in their Next Gen conference. The conference was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. TRiO students were given a comprehensive tour of the Headquarters and also practiced essential technical skills to produce a successful product. Students participated in workshops to learn how to manage, troubleshoot, construct and present their solutions.

Young Engineers

Young Engineers

The Young Engineers program is a joint initiative of CCSU's School of Science, Engineering & Technology, the Institute of Technology & Business Development, the Boys and Girls Club of New Britain and CCSU's TRiO ETS program. TRiO students were introduced to robotics and constructed robots to have basic catch and throwing functions.

Date: July 10 - August 10
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: CCSU Main Campus, 1615 Stanley Street, New Briatin
Cost: FREE!

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ACE Mentor Program

Ace Mentor Program

High school students participating in the Architecture, Construction & Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program have an opportunity to work with architecture, construction and engineering professionals from Van Zelm, Downes, TBI, Manafort Brothers, Gilbane, and Kaestle Bros., to develop real-world hands-on projects with a focus on the City of New Britain. The program aims to inspire high school students to pursue careers in design and construction.

Present your finished project to industry professionals, teachers, parent and fellow students at a state-wide gathering.

Sessions begin November 29, 2017.

Date: 11/29/2017
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm EST
Location: New Britain Boys and Girls Club, 150 Washington St, New Britain, CT

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Making Connections (2016-2017 9th-12th Graders)

The Making Connection course is offering hands-on learning on a technology curriculum involving digital electronics developed by working engineering professionals.  Participate in an exciting, fast paced, fun and FREE learning experience.  Interested students should print and submit a completely filled out application by mail (or scanned email) as soon as possible to Mr. Menditto or Mr. Sovero.  If you are not a TRiO student, feel free to submit your application along with all the other required paperwork.   


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Automation and Robotics (2016-2017 9th-12th Graders)

Free 3 day course in Automation and Robotics taught by Dr. Ravindra Thamma from the CCSU School of Engineering, Science and Technology Participating students will assist in the assembly and programming of a medium sized robot.


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Immersion Nautilus Live (2016-2017 7th and 8th graders)

Immersion Nautilus Live

The Immersion Nautilus Live program is sponsored by both CCSU's TRiO Talent Search Program and the New Britain Boys & Girls Club and involves 7th and 8th grade TRiO students. Participants will learn about ocean exploration and complete activities based on Dr. Robert Ballard's discoveries aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus. Students also have a chance to attend follow-up activities during the school year; including learning the role of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in ocean exploration, building and operating an underwater ROV, and attending a field trip to the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration in Mystic, CT and the USS Nautilus submarine exhibit in Groton.

Interested students should submit their completed application to Mr. Menditto or Mr. Sovero by email, fax, or drop it off in our office. 

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SeaPerch Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) Program


Assembly and operation of underwater robots, held on six consecutive Saturdays from February 4 – March 11, at the CCSU Downtown Campus, 185 Main St., New Britain, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Register early, only 16 seats available.

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Making Connections II


Who? CCSU TRiO ETS program enrolled high school students, with interest in STEM activities.
What? Learn to assemble and program an Arduino powered Smart car. 
When? Saturdays during February 4, 11, 18, 25, and March 11, 2017 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Where? CCSU Downtown Campus (ITBD) Located at 185 Main St. Computer Lab on floor 3. 
How? This program is offered at NO COST to you. 
Date: 02/04/2017 (Sat.) Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. EDT 
Location: CCSU Downtown - 185 Main St. Floor 3, New Britain, CT 06051

For more info, contact Tom Menditto or call (860) 832-2215

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Minecraft/Unity 3D Program

Explore, build and create with Minecraft and learn how to write computer language to design video games using Unity 3D.

Held on ten consecutive Saturdays, March 29 - May 27, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the CCSU Main Campus, Vance Academic Building, Room 005.  

Register early. Only twelve seats available.

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Trio STEM Academy

Every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., the TRiO office will be open and available to every TRiO student from 6th – 12th grade to provide assistance in any of our core services including academic tutoring and assistance in college enrollment. Services will be available on a "first come first served" basis. 

STEM oriented programming will also be offered for interested students. Programming to be determined.

No appointment needed! Walk ins welcome!

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