REACT program to prepare students of all ages for college

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Thu., Jan. 24, 2013
(L-r) Sadia Nazir, Sofiya Shaikh, Dorcas Impraim, Tony Rogers, Orville Cousins and Tony Charles attend a REACT class. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

There are many people of all ages with a high school diploma or GED that want to further their education. However, they face a major stumbling block on their road to college if they do not have certain math or English skills. To help get college hopefuls up to speed, the Manchester REACT program is offering a free 12-week college transition program in February.

REACT is a partnership between Manchester Adult Education and Manchester Community College. Applicants to MCC or any community college must first take the Accuplacer exam. This exam determines a student’s ability in math and English. If a student needs help in a certain area, the exam places the student at a developmental level. It is not until the student “places out” of the Accuplacer that they can begin their community college classes.

If you are placed at a developmental level, you can take developmental classes to gain the skills you need to begin community college classes. But according to Allison Nelson, a counselor for REACT, those classes range from $450 to $500 each. That can add up, especially if the student has several levels to work through.

REACT is the perfect alternative, Nelson said. It is free, and designed to advance math and English skills.

Nelson said that if a college hopeful is currently in a developmental level, now is the perfect time to take the REACT class. “We could help them and they could be ready for either a summer class at MCC or the fall semester,” said Nelson.

The REACT program can administer the Accuplacer, but Nelson strongly recommends prospective students taking it at MCC. “That way there's no red tape when it comes time for them to transition [to MCC],” said Nelson.

There is an informational session on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to noon at the East Side Public Safety Youth Center, located at 153 Spruce St. Those interested in attending the February REACT semester are strongly encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Allison Nelson at or call 860-647-3521 ext. 70055.

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