Utah Tech University

Student Success Program


The Student Success Program at Utah Tech University is a structured first-year program designed to help students build a strong foundation for success.  Students with a high school GPA of a 2.8 or less qualify for this program. Our students have a team of people who work to help you succeed and find a personal pathway to success to reach your goals and dreams.

Each student has a Peer Coach they meet with throughout the semester, which helps them set goals, connect to resources, and learn how to navigate college. Our students enroll in the Trailblazer Connections Class  (SSC 1010) that is designed to teach college navigation, study skills and time management; connect students to campus resources; teach students how to use their strengths to succeed academically; students have the opportunity to apply new study skills to current assignments with the Active Learning Lab (SSC 1025R) which helps students develop a study plan for academic success. Students join together again for a 2nd Semester course, Career and Life Skills, where they learn about and develop leadership, power skills and explore career.  All of these courses work towards your degree as general electives.

Additionally, our students have access to the Student Success Center, a one-stop resource spot on campus.  We have computers, free printing, study tables, a lounge area, games, and snacks; and most importantly, the people to answer your questions…your Peer Coaches and Success Advisors! Our students have access to a specific scholarship, The Rising Star Scholarship during their first semester.

Our students work with their Academic Success Advisor to create a balanced schedule that works towards completing their general math and English requirements, which are foundational classes for all degrees. Students will have a first-year advising hold that ensures their Academic Advisor works with you.  It won’t stop you from changing or viewing your schedule. As a student in our program you will be a part of University College and your major will be General Education until you complete English 1010/1010D, your first math course, and get a 2.0 GPA. Every bachelor degree requires two years of general education, so if you have a program you are interested in you can be working towards that while building a strong foundation for academic success.

We BELIEVE in our students and their ability to succeed, and when you are in our program, you have a team of people who have your back and will encourage you to do the work necessary for you to make your dreams a reality.


Jamie Kearra, MS
Director of Student Success

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The Student Success Program provides you with the structure, support, and resources to create a foundation for your academic success.  The Student Success Program provides you with the following benefits:

  • PEER COACH –Provides support, resources, financial, career, goal setting, and personal guidance in making your first year of college success.
  • ACADEMIC SUCCESS ADVISOR- Students are required to work with an academic success advisor to ensure that they have a balanced schedule that is aligned with their academic goals. You will meet your Academic Success Advisor at the beginning, middle and end of the semester to support your success.
  • STUDENT SUCCESS COURSES- Required SSC 1010 (Trailblazer Connections), SSC 1025R (Active Learning Lab), SSC 1060 (Career and Life Skills).
  • SUCCESS SESSION- As a part of New Student Orientation students will come the Student Success Center to learn more about the resources and support for their academic success.
  • STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER- A place to study, hang out, meet with your peer coach or Success Advisor, and get any of your questions answered about college. As a student in our program, you have access to our computers and can print for free. We have snacks, games, and popcorn for our students.
  • SCHOLARSHIPS- As a student in our program, you are eligible for the Rising Star Scholarship and the GRIT scholarship.

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As a part of your admissions at Utah Tech University, you may be admitted into the Student Success Program, a program specifically designed to assist academically at-risk students to succeed at UT.  You have qualified for this program based upon your high school GPA, a combination of your GPA; less than 2.8 enrolls you in the program.  As a student in our program you will have a registration hold placed on your account to ensure that you meet with an advisor prior to registration. This gives you the opportunity to get the best schedule for your success and review degree options and career plans. Additionally, the Student Success classes are only for our students so your enrollment in our class is done with instructor permission, this allows you to receive the full benefits of the program.


  • Submit your ACT, SAT or placement test scores to register math and English.
  • Attend Trailblazer pre-semester: W-F before fall semester.
  • Meet with your Peer Coach 2 times during the semester.
  • Complete and pass SSC 1010, SSC 1025R, and SSC 1060.
  • Complete weekly study hall/tutoring hours.
  • Meet with your Academic Success Advisor at midterms and prior to registering for classes.
  • Complete English 1010/1010D, your first math course and a 2.0 GPA.
  • Download the Navigate Student App.

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Jamie Kearra

Director of Student Success

Email: Jamie.Kearra@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-879-4613

Office: Browning 114