Special Programs and Services

Urban Education Consortium

The Urban Education Consortium houses several pre-college programs that support and enhance the academic, cultural, and educational achievements of students from Paterson and Passaic public school districts. Each of the programs serves a distinct population within the Passaic County community.

The SMT College Bound/GEAR UP Program serves 6th through 12th grade students who attend target schools in Paterson Public School District and desire to go to college to pursue science, mathematics, and/or technology as a career. The New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, the U.S. Department of Education, and Passaic County Community College funds this program.

The Upward Bound Program serves first-generation, low-income, 9th- through12th-grade students attending Passaic High School. The program’s mission is to prepare low-income first generation students for entry into post-secondary education.  The U. S. Department of Education and Passaic County Community College funds this program.

For additional information about these programs, call the Urban Consortium Office at 973-684-5201.