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STAR - Success Coaching, Tutoring, Academic Support, and Resources


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What is STAR? Why join STAR?

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Meet the STAR coaches

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Student Information

What is STAR?

STAR is a FREE success coaching and support program for BTC students

Why Join STAR?

As a STAR student, you will have the opportunity to receive:

  • Personalized coaching tailored to your goals and needs, with a STAR Success Coach who knows your strengths
  • Workshops on various topics to help you reach your goals
  • Social, cultural and professional networking opportunities and events
  • Support and encouragement in working toward your goals

Who is eligible?

Most BTC students are eligible. Maybe you're the first in your family to be in college. Maybe you're struggling a bit in your classes. Maybe it's been a while since you've been in school. Maybe you just want extra support. If you're not sure, come talk to us

How do I sign up?

Stop by:   We're located at BTC in Campus Center (CC) CC 216
Hours:   M - F 8am - 4:30 pm (or by appointment)
Email:    star@btc.edu
Call:    360.752.8645

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Faculty Information

As a faculty member, how can STAR help your students?

What does STAR stand for?"

Success Coaching, Tutoring, Academic Support, and Resources. Basically, we provide academic support for BTC students.

So what about TRIO? Isn't STAR the same thing

STAR and TRIO work very closely together through the umbrella program Student Success Programs. Both programs are funded through the Department of Education and have similar missions, outcomes, and services. TRIO is able to serve 140 students with very specific criteria, whereas STAR is able to serve 500 with a broad range of eligibility factors.

What services are you providing for students?

For one, we want to get to know each student so we can best support them. We’ll do that through Success Coaching: a one-on-one collaborative relationship designed to:

  • Assist students with identifying their own strengths and challenges
  • Create realistic academic, personal, and professional goals
  • Develop skills needed to enhance individual success
  • Group Tutoring

Overall, we aim to provide a solid framework where students can feel supported as well as develop valuable life skills.

How long are students in the program?

Once admitted, students are in STAR until they complete their degree/certificate.

Who should I refer?

You should refer any students you are concerned about. More than likely, they will be served by STAR, but even if not, we can help them find the help they need to get back on track.

How do I refer students?

You can direct students to our offices (CC 216) or email star@btc.edu or call us (360-752-8645) and we can reach out to students.

I completed a progress report for a student enrolled in STAR. What happens now?

We will meet with the student and discuss the progress report with them, and help them create a plan to address the issue, whether it be to get tutoring, use study groups, or utilize other resources. We will keep faculty in the loop about what the student’s plan is, so that we can work together to support the student and hold them accountable.

What if I have questions or concerns about a student enrolled in STAR?

Please email or call. The best way for us to help students is to have all the information, you offer invaluable insights that can help us guide students.

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Meet the STAR coaches

The STAR coaches are committed to support students to meet your educational and career goals. We look forward to assisting you!

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Melissa Wechter

STAR Completion Coach Manager

360 752.8548
mwechter@btc.edu

Melissa earned a master’s degree in Fisheries Science from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and is passionate about education and student success. She is excited to bring her experience working as a tutor, instructor, and academic coach to the role of Completion Coach Manager.



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Rush Duncan

STAR Completion Coach

360 752.8372
rduncan@btc.edu

Rush has a BFA in Drawing and Painting (University of North Texas), an AAS as a Legal Administrative Assistant (BTC), and a Hypnotherapy certificate (BTC). Rush enjoys helping students navigate challenges and identify resources. His role as a STAR Completion Coach is a contributing factor for student success at BTC and beyond.