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Office of Transitional Programs

Lowe Building, L125

The Office of Transitional Programs (OTP) 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 by coordinating three programs: Academic Success Program, Summer Training and Academic Retention Services, and the Adults in Transition Program.


The mission of the Office of Transitional Programs (OTP) is to provide socially, economically, or academically under-prepared and disadvantaged people with opportunities to transition and be successful in the post-secondary environment.

Academic Success Program (ASP)

The ASP is a program designed by the Center for Student Development staff to assist students in developing skills needed to succeed in college by offering support through workshops, seminars, lectures, programs, and individualized counseling sessions.

ASP provides services to increase retention by assisting students in adjusting to the college environment and its community. It will also help students increase their self awareness, provide a monitoring and referral system, and acquaint students with other support systems and services.

Summer Training and Academic Retention Services (STARS)

The STARS Program was created by the Center for Student Development to provide first-time students with a "head start" on their coursework at MCC and a strong foundation for success in college. For six 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 Center for Student Development 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. STARS is funded in part by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Higher Education (ConnCAS).

More Information on 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 because 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.

OTP 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 please to talk with you or correspond by e-mail.
Jason Scappaticci
Coordinator of Transitional Programs
Jason Scappaticci

Linda Devlin

Retention Specialist
Linda Devlin

Bessie Lewis

Adults in Transition Coordinator

Mike DiRaimo
Faculty Advisor
Joan Jakiela
Faculty Advisor
Last Update: March 30 2012
For additional information, contact: Michael Stefanowicz