Temporary service adjustments
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Project START EligibilityAnyone, who is currently pursuing an Associate's degree or Certificate at CCBC Essex and meets at least one of the eligibility criteria below, may apply.
- First generation: Neither of the student's parents has earned a Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university.
- Income eligible: The student is receiving, or is eligible to receive, a Pell grant, SEOG, or other student financial assistance or meets income requirements as determined by the Director of Project Start.
- Disabled: The student has documented disability on file with the Office of Special Services.
- Eligible students will go through an interview process with a Project START counselor where additional criteria including academic history, test scores, and current academic goals will be discussed and evaluated on a case by case basis.
Project START Offerings
Academic Skills Development
- The reading process and cracking the code
- Identifying and filtering essential information and non-essential information
- Note-taking from lectures, presentations, texts and note-making for daily review and test preparation
- Mind-mapping basic training for note-making
- Living Leaders: Monthly forums that nurture the development of relational leadership skills and acceptance of role responsibility.
Life Skills: The Tools for Success
- Setting goals
- Avoiding procrastination
- Managing stress and achieving relaxation
- Managing your time
Academic Advising and Support
- Selecting courses based upon assessment placement results in English and math
- Identifying courses toward the fulfillment of an Associate's degree and transfer
- Clarifying academic goals
- Selecting a major course of study
- Recovering from academic probation or financial aid suspension
- Withdrawing from classes
- Transfer information form ARTSYS (web-based college transfer information system)
- Campus visits to four-year colleges and universities
Financial, Advising and Support
- Financial aid advising for transfer
- Assistance in completing financial aid and scholarship forms
- Utilizing the Career Center
- Career decision-making
- Monitored professional tutoring support for English, Reading, Math, and most science courses.
- Referral to college-wide tutoring services for other courses.