Student Success Program

The New Student Success Program is designed to ease the transition to Washtenaw Community College (WCC) and help students identify and develop the skills needed to meet educational and career goals. This is accomplished by providing support and resources to increase students’ success and engagement at WCC.

There are many benefits to participating! You’ll receive:

  • Personalized support from a Success Coach throughout the enrollment process, as well as during the first year of college.
  • Support and encouragement from peer mentors who have been successful at completing their first year of college.
  • Special workshops and events designed to “round out” your college experience with team building and leadership opportunities, financial and career workshops, etc.
  • Help in developing the skills and habits of independent, successful learners.
  • Assistance with connecting to various resources on campus.
  • The opportunity to build a greater sense of community with other first year students.
  • The chance to earn a book scholarship of $200 for your second semester!
  • An invitation to the end of the year Awards Dinner to celebrate your accomplishments.
Any student who has completed less than 12 college credit hours from ANY college can apply to participate. Students must be planning to complete at least one year at WCC. A maximum of 20 students will be invited to participate each Fall semester. At least five additional students may begin the program at the start of the Winter semester.
  1. Complete the program application
    Fall semester Application Deadline:  August 12
  2. If you are accepted into the program, you’ll be asked to come to the mandatory meet and greet session where you’ll have the opportunity to meet with fellow students and Success Coach.
  3. As a mentee you will also be required to complete a pre and post self-evaluation as well as a survey to earn the book scholarship.

Program Requirements:

  • Meet with a Success Coach at least once a month.
  • Attend at least 1 academic and 1 social event on campus. This will help you connect with other students in the program!
  • Adhere to the attendance policy of the program.
  • Show progress towards the goals you set at the beginning of the semester.

Success Coaches

  • Rachel Leonard

    Name: Rachel Leonard
    Email: raleonard@wccnet.edu
    Phone: (734)677-5465

    Hometown: Romulus, Michigan
    Alma Mater & Major: University of Michigan-Dearborn, Communications
    What is the most important action you took to successfully graduate from college? I learned that asking for help was not a shameful act, and that help-seeking behaviors are important skills to gain. Also, getting involved on campus helped me graduate because I learned time management, expanded my network, and had fun while doing it!
    Favorite thing to do for fun: I have a few things I like to do for fun. I like shooting photography, playing with my golden retrievers, and gardening. 

  • Justin Villanueva

    Name: Justin Villanueva
    Email: jvillanue@wccnet.edu
    Phone:(734)677-5448

    Hometown: Farmington Hills, Michigan
    Alma Mater & Major: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, BA Sociology
    What is the most important action you took to successfully graduate from college? The most important action I took to successfully graduate from college was to religiously go to office hours and spend time to get to know both the material that I was learning and my professors more personally. Establishing a rapport with my professors helped me to see them on a human level rather than just as an authority figure and an expert in their field of study. Also, going to office hours helped my professors to understand me and my story better as I expressed it through conversation. They came to see that there was more to me than just being a student and at the end of every semester, I felt like my professors were on my side and pulling for me to have success in higher education. I felt like my professors were my allies rather than just teachers who are there to just simply judge and report my academic performance.
    Favorite thing to do for fun: My favorite thing to do is watch the University of Michigan football games. Whether the team wins or loses doesn’t matter much to me, but rather, it is the people that I watch the game with that mattes the most. Along with my family, I have two very good friends that I watch the games with and I wouldn’t miss that experience for the world.