First Year and New Student Programs

Programs Designed to Prepare Students to Succeed in College

Whether you need to take a developmental course to improve your basic reading, writing and math skills to enroll in college-level courses or you need support transitioning to college or both, our programs are designed to help you reach your educational goals. Selecting a program depends on a variety of factors, including your lifestyle, income and academic eligibility. Most of our programs are available at no cost to eligible students. We encourage you to meet with one of our program coordinators to determine which program best fits your needs.


New Student Orientation
Required for all new students

Family Orientation
Provides parents and family members with important information for student success.

STARS Summer Program
Prepares recent high school graduates for college

Adults in Transition
Provides services for adults resuming their education

Smart Start
Offers courses for college readiness – basic reading, writing, math and study skills

Contact Information

For more information and to set up an appointment to meet with one of our program coordinators, please visit or call our office.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (online only)
Phone: For general information about our programs, please call 860-512-3331.

Philip Burnham
STARS Writing Coordinator

Brenda Geitz
New Student Orientation Coordinator and Smart Start Coordinator

Bess Lewis
Adults in Transition Coordinator