Student Training and Academic Retention Service (STARS)
A Program for Recent High School Graduates Transitioning to College
Reach for the STARS at MCCThe mission of the Manchester Community College Student Training and Academic Retention Service (STARS) program is to provide a post-secondary educational opportunity for financially disadvantaged and academically under-prepared college students who are transitioning from secondary school to MCC. The program focuses on academic success in preparation for the rigors of college. It has three distinct components which will support students throughout their entire stay at MCC.
For seven weeks during the first summer component, prior to beginning their first semester at MCC, students take a three-credit course, participate in cultural enrichment activities, and work one-on-one with tutors, mentors and advisors in preparing for the academic year. They also participate in a one-credit study skills course and math lab.
During the first summer session, prior to beginning their first semester at MCC, students will:
- Increase skills in such areas as: computer literacy, study techniques, reading, writing, math, time management, career life planning, and goal setting.
- Work with MCC Student Development Specialists to learn about college resources and determine individual student academic needs.
- Work with tutors and peer mentors to gain a better understanding of successful student strategies.
Upon completion of the first summer component of the program, students will retake the assessment test and have a student development specialist available to them for assistance with academic advising and other educational issues during their entire MCC career. Students will meet with their Student Development Specialist throughout their semesters at MCC on a regular basis. Students will also attend weekly Supported Study Labs during all fall and spring semesters.
During the semester component, students will:
- Work with MCC Student Development Specialists on a regular basis to learn about college resources and determine individual student academic needs.
- Attend weekly Supported Study Labs on financial literacy, financial aid, FAFSA, scholarships, college applications and resume writing.
After completion of the first academic year, students attend a six-week summer session where they will take two three-credit classes and work one-on-one with tutors and advisors to work towards graduation.
During the second summer component, students will:
- Attend two 3-credit classes and work with tutors for successful completion of all coursework.
- Work with Student Development Specialists on a regular basis for graduation and transfer assistance.
- Complete the MCC admissions application.
- Complete the MCC assessment test and place into English ENG* 066 or English ENG* 093.
- Qualify for college financial aid or qualified for free/reduced lunch as a high school student.
- Plan to attend MCC in the fall semester as a full time, first semester Liberal Arts degree candidate.
There are no expenses for students who enroll in the STARS program.
There are no expenses for students during the two summer components who enroll in the STARS program.
The STARS program provides, free of charge during the summers:
- Classroom supplies (notebooks, folders, pencils, etc.)
- CT Transit bus passes (unlimited rides) for the summer sessions
- Tuition coverage for up to thirteen credits
- 7 credits the first summer
- credits the second summer
- Cultural enrichment activities and trips
Sample STARS Calendar
|Apply to MCC||Immediately|
|Take the MCC Assessment Test||Immediately|
|Apply to STARS Program||Immediately|
|STARS Orientation Day||Late June|
|STARS Classes||Late June through Mid-August|
Sample STARS Daily Schedule (First Summer)
|Monday through Thursday|
|9:00 AM-9:50 AM||SD 100, One-Credit Course (Study Skills)|
|10:00 AM-11:20 PM||Math Lab|
|11:30 AM-1:00 PM||Tutoring Appointments
Community Service Projects
|1:05 PM-2:55 PM||SD 102, Three-Credit Course
(Reading, Writing, Critical Thinking Skills)
|Times will vary||Cultural Enrichment Activities and Trips|
Sample STARS Semester Schedule
During the semesters, students enroll in classes with the assistance of the Student Development Specialist. The Student Development Specialists will meet with students individually on a regular basis. Students will also attend weekly Supported Study Labs.
STARS Staff and Contact Information
For general information about the program, please call or Linda Devlin at 860-512-3346 or Nathan Ormsby at 860-512-3345.
To apply, print out the application and return it to:
Office of Transitional Programs, MS #8
Manchester Community College
Great Path, P.O. Box 1046
Manchester, CT 06045-1046
Feel free to contact any STARS staff member below:
Coordinator of Transitional Programs
Student Development Specialist
Student Development Specialist
Student Retention Specialist
For additional information, contact: Jason Scappaticci