Office of Student Success and First Year Programs

Lowe Building, L-125

The Office of Student Success and First Year Programs provides students with strategies to improve learning and study skills and encourages students to become actively involved in the learning process.  This goal is accomplished through the coordination of the following programs: Student Training and Academic Retention Services, Adults in Transition, FIRST and Quick Tips.


The mission of the Office of Student Success and First Year Programs is to provide socially, economically or academically under-prepared and disadvantaged individuals with opportunities to transition and be successful in the post-secondary environment.

Student Training and Academic Retention Services (STARS)

The STARS Program was created by the Office of Student Success and First Year Programs to provide first-time students with a "head start" on their coursework at MCC and a strong foundation for success in college. For seven weeks during the summer, prior to beginning their first semester, students will take credit courses, participate in cultural enrichment activities, participate and work one-on-one with specialists, tutors and counselors to develop a plan of study for the academic year, and participate in a wide variety of skills-building workshops. THERE IS NO COST TO THE STUDENT. All books, public bus transportation to the school and meals will be paid for by the program. Learn more about STARS »

Adults in Transition (AIT)

AIT is a one-semester program that provides support for women and men who are returning to school seeking a career change, because they have been laid off or their pursuit of further education was interrupted. The program was created to help students cope with the stress and changes involved in returning to school after a long absence.

AIT is open to students who plan to start their first semester at MCC (including students who are returning to MCC after a long absence).  Students who enroll in MCC through AIT are provided with special services which include:
  • an individual interview to determine personal needs
  • personalized academic advising and registration services
  • a required one-credit study skills class which meets before the semester begins
  • a required two-credit transition development course that introduces all aspects of the college and provides assistance in career and curriculum planning
  • staff and peer support

Students will take one or more courses in their degree or certificate program or field of interest along with the AIT courses. The AIT program is offered in the daytime and evening.

Call 860-512-3344 for further information or to schedule an appointment for a personal interview. Learn more about Adults in Transition »

Office of Student Success and First Year Programs Staff

For general information about our programs, please call 860-512-3344 or fill out the form below to request more information about AIT, financial aid or MCC.

Any of the OTP staff would be pleased to talk with you or correspond by e-mail.

Jason Scappaticci

Jason Scappaticci
Director, Office of Student Success and First Year Programs

Linda Devlin

Linda Devlin
Retention Specialist

Bessie Lewis
Adults in Transition Coordinator

Mike DiRaimo
Faculty Advisor

Joan Jakiela
Faculty Advisor

Last Update: August 07 2014
For additional information, contact: Michael Stefanowicz