Free Fast-Track Math and Reading and Writing Workshops and free credit courses through the Go Back to Get Ahead initiative

This summer, Middlesex Community College is offering non-credit intensive workshops designed to help incoming students brush up on basic math and reading and writing skills. The Connecticut General Assembly allocated funds to support PA 12-40. As a result, the workshops are of no charge to students. The College is also participating in the Go Back to Get Ahead program that encourages Connecticut residents who have not attended any institution of higher education since December 1, 2012 to return to college and earn a degree.

After taking the two-week math or English workshops, incoming students can increase their math and English course placement, allowing less time to be spent in developmental courses, which lowers the cost of college for students, and accelerates the time students need to complete a college degree. At the end of the workshop, students retake the placement exam to determine which math or English course they can register for.

“These noncredit workshops are excellent opportunities for students to enhance their skill sets, as they prepare for college-level math and English,” said Dr. Donna Bontatibus, professor of English.

The Intensive Math for College Readiness and Reading-Writing Intensive Workshop will be held at both the Middletown campus and the Meriden Center. The first session begins June 9. Prospective students can register online at, in person at the Admissions Office in Founders Hall, or at the Meriden Center Welcome Center.

The other free courses are through the Go Back to Get Ahead program, which offers the first 2,500 students to enroll up to three free three-credit courses to provide some financial assistance during the degree completion process. This assistance can be combined with financial aid as well. Students interested in this option should call 860-343-5722 to schedule an appointment. He will help students in determining their eligibility and assist them with program and course advisement.