Challenges Facing Our Students:

SPEF is collaborating with Stamford’s Cradle to Career to deliver Bridge to College, a program that addresses the phenomenon of the college “summer melt” that occurs when high school graduates who intend to go to college don’t end up in their seat in the fall.. Nationally, this occurs 10-44% of the time, and disproportionately affects first-generation and low-income students. In 2018, 37% of Stamford high school graduates who intended to attend Norwalk Community College did not matriculate in the fall.

SPEF Solution:

Bridge to College is a free program that provides as-needed resources, support, and guidance to prospective college students between high school graduation and during the first year of their enrollment in college. Dedicated college counselors work one-on-one with students to help them fulfill their college enrollment requirements prior to the start of the fall semester, and provide requested support into the school year. Student support is provided in the areas of general guidance, placement exams, timelines and deadlines, registering for classes, financial aid processes, and submitting required paperwork.

To enroll in the Bridge to College program, or to find out more information about the program, contact SPEF at 203-965-7733 or

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Photo: Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media
Photo: Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media