College Prep

  • Upward Bound (Mercer County Community College)

    Upward Bound is an academic program for Trenton High School students that meets year-round and uses classes/workshops to teach life skills and prepare students for college. The program is tuition-free and helps students in college find academic support. 

  • Bridge to Employment

    Bridge to Employment (BTE) is an academic support program for Trenton Central High school students in partnership with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the TCNJ Bonner Institute, and Trenton Central High. The program emphasizes high school graduation and pursuit of postsecondary pathways, especially in the health and science sectors. The program runs for two years, starting in participants’ sophomore year. 

  • Ashe Program (NJTLT)

    The Ashe Program is a year-round, advanced tennis and academic enrichment program using athletics to teach life skills and prepare Mercer County students for success in and beyond high school. Students practice tennis with the NJTLT and attend enrichment programs by organizations such as Princeton University, Rider University, and Bloomberg for college preparation and career exploration.

  • Trenton PEERS (MillHill)

    Trenton PEERS (Performing, Educating, and Engaging about Responsible Strategies) is a year-round leadership program preparing Trenton Central High School students to become PEER educators, graduate high school on time, and enter postsecondary education. The college prep focus ensures that all participants have a plan for their pathways after high school 

  • Talent Search (Mercer County Community College)

    Talent Search is an academic support program for Trenton students, 8th grade and up, that encourages participants to graduate from high school and pursue postsecondary pathways. Students meet in groups and with advisors individually throughout the school year and are eligible to participate until they graduate from high school.

  • Teen Gold Program (Boys and Girls Club)

    Teen Gold is an ongoing teen development program for Mercer County youth to participate in daily to build vital life skills and succeed through and beyond high school.

  • College Access Program (Boys and Girls Club)

    CAP is a college access program that targets high school sophomores and juniors, supporting them in getting accepted to college and understanding financial aid. It meets weekly for 36 weeks and involves classes, workshops, and trips. 

  • Princeton University Preparatory Program

    PUPP is a rigorous academic and cultural enrichment program that supports high-achieving, low-income high school students. The multi-year, tuition-free program prepares participants for admission to and success in highly selective colleges. 

  • Futuro (LALDEF)

    Futuro is a cohort-based, college prep program for first and second-generation immigrants. Students learn life skills to help them pursue and excel in postsecondary education. The program begins in the summer after a participant’s sophomore year and meets weekly until they graduate from high school. Participants also meet two Saturdays a month for workshops.

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