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 10
  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

  • Keanu

    Name: Keanu
    Hometown: Battle Creek, Michigan
    Alma Mater (Undergraduate) & Program: Eastern Michigan University; Apparel Textile Merchandising
    What is the most important action you took to successfully graduate from college? Being persistent in taking various initiatives to ensure I developed as a person provided me the success to graduate college. Once my course load increased and everyday situations arose challenging the continuation of my degree, remaining active in student organizations gave me the support and endurance needed to stay focus. Obtaining campus employment created the opportunity to meet professional staff and connect to other students building my sense of belonging to Eastern. Challenging my personal comfort and taking opportunities despite doubts developed my knowledge of myself.The enjoyment of my own self discovery journey while earning my college degree lead to my interest to assist others on their personal travels through higher education. Also aiding my decision to purse a Masters degree in Higher Education.
    Favorite thing to do for fun: Any activity requiring hands on creativity I will have fun learning and participating in. Thrift shopping, D.I.Y projects, and watching movies are my go to leisure activities. 

  • Nate

    Name: Marko
    Hometown: Niksic, Montenegro
    Alma Mater & Major: Liberal Arts Transfer Associate, Washtenaw Community College (2 years); and Psychology, Eastern Michigan University (2 years)
    What is the most important action you took to successfully graduate from college? Consistent involvement in various academic and social groups on campus was crucial to my success in college. The friendships encouraged success in the classroom as well as employment on campus; furthermore, working on campus expanded my understanding of the American culture and higher education that consequently helped me decide to pursue a Master’s degree.
    Favorite things to do for fun: Visiting nearby lakes and rivers to relax and kayak; travel around Michigan, and when time permits outside of Michigan; barbecue with friends and family; learn languages and read as much as possible whether it’s the newspapers or a lengthy book.