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Get Ready for College

Overview of the Program

IMG_8038 7X5Get Ready for College is a free program designed to prepare students for a successful college experience. The 16-week program helps students explore careers, develop study skills, sharpen academic skills, and learn about college admissions and financial aid.

Students are also introduced to computer research skills and participate in college activities since the class takes place on the Nashua Community College campus. All students are expected to take at least one college course upon completion of the Get Ready for College program.

Who We Serve

Anyone who has achieved his or her HiSET (formerly GED), has completed the evening school diploma program, or has been out of high school at least one year qualifies for this program.

Program Highlights
  • Career counseling, pre-college academic skills training in pre-algebra, reading, and writing
  • Basic computer skills
  • 1 college credit from the Nashua Community College received for completion of First Year Experience (qualifying students only)
  • College Survival Skills: college degree system, goal setting, time management, stress management
  • Listening, note-taking, and research skills
  • Visits to area colleges
  • Consultation with college advisors and financial aid officers
  • Administration of the Accuplacer and Companion assessments to students applying to the NCC
  • Gift certificates to the college bookstore for students who complete the course


What We Offer

All students who complete Get Ready for College with a grade of B or better will receive one college credit from the Nashua Community College.

Classes begin in January and August, and are held for 16 weeks on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Click here for a schedule.

How to Enroll

All interested students must schedule an interview prior to acceptance into the program.


Get Ready for College is a free class.


For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact the College Transitions Coordinator, Pam Coutermarsh, at 603-305-5842 or email  You can also stop by the Adult Learning Center Office at Nashua Community College in room 125.

Or you can contact the Director of Adult Education, Lauren Osowski, at 603-882-9080 x2206 or email

The USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is the funding source for the serving of nutritious meals in our childcare and school age care programs.