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CC-STARS! Program

CC-STARS! (Community College – STEM Training and Retention of Students!) is a new, creative, and innovative program to encourage and increase the number of Community College and Technical School (CC-TS) students to engage in NASA-oriented Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and skills. The OSGC is partnering with four Ohio community colleges and one technical school, and seven 4-year universities to achieve these goals.

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The following community colleges and technical school are eligible to participate:

The following 4-year universities are eligible to participate:

CC-STARS! is focused on the following three programs:

1. Scholarship Program


Scholarship - Year 1 - $2,500
Selected students will work on an introductory research project with a faculty mentor throughout the 2014-2015 academic school year.

Scholarship - Year 2 - $2,500
Depending on the student’s research progress and availability, the following options are available for the final year of the scholarship. Students will:

  1. Participate in a summer internship at either NASA Glenn Research Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, or with industry;
  2. Continue the current research project at their community college or technical school;
  3. Receive a “Bridge” scholarship transitioning to a 4-year university.

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2. Hands-on Team Programs
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program —
Develop, build, and fly an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) culminating in a competition with other schools in the program at an annual competition. Programs can be modeled and expanded on a previously funded program currently in existence at Lorain County Community College who will lead this program.


Astronomy and Space Program — Focuses on Astronomy and Space which can be modeled and expanded on the successful Astronomical Research Program (ARP) currently in existence at Lakeland Community College who will lead this program. The ARP provides meaningful hands-on research opportunities for students which contribute to current NASA Missions.

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3. Bridge Mentoring Program — Encourages and mentors students who transition from the 2-year Associate Degree Program to a 4-year Engineering/Technology Bachelor’s Degree.

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