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Summer Training and Academic Retention Service (STARS)

A Six-Week Summer Program for Recent High School Graduates Transitioning to College

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The mission of the Manchester Community College Summer Training and Academic Retention Service (STARS) program is to provide a post-secondary educational opportunity for financially disadvantaged and academically under-prepared students who are transitioning from secondary school to MCC. The program focuses on self-assessment in preparation for the rigors of the initial year at college.

For six weeks during the summer, 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.

During the six weeks of the program, students will:

  • increase skills in such areas as: computer literacy, study techniques, reading and writing, 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 peer mentors to gain a better understanding of successful student strategies;

Upon completion of the program, students will retake the assessment test and have a student development specialist to work with during their MCC career as well as attend activities throughout.

STARS Requirements

  • Complete the MCC admissions application.
  • Complete the MCC assessment test and place into English ENG* 066 or English ENG* 093.
  • Be a first-generation college student (mother/father/legal guardians did not earn a bachelor's degree).
  • Plan to attend MCC full-time in the fall semester.

STARS Expenses

There are NO expenses for students who enroll in the STARS program.

The STARS program provides, free of charge:
  • Textbooks
  • Classroom supplies (notebooks, folders, pencils, etc.)
  • CT Transit bus passes (unlimited rides) for the duration of the program
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Tuition coverage for 4 credits
  • Cultural Enrichment Activities

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– Mid-August
STARS Celebration Luncheon Mid-August

Sample STARS Daily Schedule

Monday through Thursday
9:00 AM-10:15 AM SD 100, 1-Credit Course (Study Skills)
10:15 AM-12:30 PM Tutoring Appointments
Study Time
Library Time
Community Service Projects
Mentoring Appointments
Academic Advising
12:35 PM-2:05 PM SD 102, 3-Credit Course
(Reading, Writing, Critical Thinking Skills)
(Time Varies) Cultural Enrichment Trips

STARS Staff and Contact Information

For general information about the program, please call Jason Scappaticci at 860-512-3224 or Linda Devlin at 860-512-3346.

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:

Jason Scappaticci
Coordinator of Transitional Programs

Linda Devlin
Student Development Specialist

Nathan Ormsby
Student Retention Specialist


STARS Program Application
Last Update: March 30 2012
For additional information, contact: Jason Scappaticci