Smart Start

Basic Reading, Writing, Math and College-Readiness Skills

Start on your path to college success! Free-of-charge! Space is limited!

Smart Start is a credit-free program designed to enhance your basic skills and transition you to developmental/college-level ENG* 101: Composition or math. You will need ENG* 101 to earn a Manchester Community College associate degree or certificate and at least one college-level math for associate degrees.

In one semester, you will:

  • Improve your reading and writing ability, learn grammar and
    punctuation rules, and build study skills through classroom instruction
  • Increase your arithmetic and algebraic problem-solving skills through an 11-week, independent-study course (ALEKS® Self-Study), which includes tutoring in the math lab
  • Identify your career interests and skills you will need to achieve your goals

Once you complete the program, you will have the opportunity to retest (test scores determine your placement in English and math courses).

Easy Steps to Apply

Contact Information

For more information or to set up an appointment, please visit or call our office.

Location and Hours: Student Services Center (SSC), L108, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office Phone: For general information, please call 860-512-3330.

Program Coordinator: To call or email our staff, please use the contact information below.

Latisha Nielsen
Smart Start Program Coordinator

We will also be happy to send you additional information through the mail if you complete the form below.

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