Student Training and Academic Retention Service (STARS)

A Program for Recent High School Graduates Transitioning to College

Reach for the STARS at MCC

The 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 that will support students throughout their entire stay at MCC.
STARS Logo

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.

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.

STARS Requirements

  • Complete the MCC admissions application.
  • Complete the MCC assessment test and place into English ENG* 093 or English ENG* 096.
  • 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.

STARS Expenses

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:

  • Textbooks
  • Classroom supplies (notebooks, folders, pencils, etc.)
  • CT Transit bus passes (unlimited rides) for the summer session
  • Tuition coverage for up to thirteen credits
    • 7 credits the first summer
  • Cultural enrichment activities and trips

Sample STARS Calendar

Apply to MCC Immediately
Take the MCC Assessment Test Immediately
Apply to STARS Program Immediately
Interviews Early May
Notification Mid-June
STARS Orientation Day Late June
STARS Classes Late June through Mid-August
STARS Luncheon Mid-August

Sample STARS Daily Schedule (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
Writing Lab
Lunch
Study Time
Library Time
Community Service Projects
Mentoring Appointments
Academic Advising
1:05 PM-2:55 PM SD 102, Three-Credit Course
(Reading, Writing, Critical Thinking Skills)
Friday
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 Supported Study Labs.


STARS Staff and Contact Information

For general information about the program, please call or Linda Devlin at 860-512-334.
To apply, print out the application and return it to:

STARS
Office of Student Success and First Year 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:

Jason Scappaticci
Director, Office of Student Success and First Year Programs
860-512-3224
jscappaticci@manchestercc.edu

Linda Devlin
Student Development Specialist
860-512-3346
ldevlin@manchestercc.edu

Amanda Looney-Goetz
Student Development Specialist
860-512-3342
alooney-goetz@manchestercc.edu


Application

STARS Program Application

Last Update: August 07 2014
For additional information, contact: Jason Scappaticci