Success Through Advising & Resources (STAR) Program

Learn more about the Star (Success Through Advising & Resources) Program 

The Success Through Advising & Resources (STAR) Program provides additional support services, academic advising, and career counseling from a Normandale Counselor for Normandale students pursing an Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Applied Science (AAS), or Certificate who are also on SNAP (food stamps). The program is designed to:

  • provide career-focused support and training to students on SNAP.  Help students graduate with the skills needed to find eventual employment. 
  • give additional support and career development services from a Normandale Counselor.

This program occurs during the fall and spring semesters. If you are interested in the STAR Program please review the Program Requirements (in the drop down below) and then fill out our STAR Program Interest Form.

For more Information about the program contact: 

Normandale STAR Program Counselor 
Valerie Dean
(952) 358-8253 


How to Enroll in SNAP

  • To participate in the STAR Program you must be enrolled in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).   
  • SNAP is a federal food assistance program which provides monthly benefits to help individuals and families pay for groceries. SNAP is also sometimes referred to as food stamps or EBT.  Find out more about SNAP here
  • Apply here:
  • If you need help figuring out if you qualify for and applying to SNAP you can: 
  • If you need additional food support Normandale has an on-campus food shelf the Campus Cupboard and a Student Resource Center.   

Program Benefits

a. Dedicated counselor to help navigate college
b. Assistance with career development and academic planning  
c. Help accessing emergency grants 

Program Requirements

Program Components

  • Get monthly support from a Normandale Counselor focusing on specific areas of academic planning and career exploration. 
  • Assistance accessing emergency grants and referrals to support services.