Your online course uses a system called "The Manhattan Virtual Classroom"
(or simply "Manhattan".) Manhattan is a private system protected by a
username and password. Your username is the first letter of your first name,
followed by at most 7 letters of your last name, all in lowercase letters.

For example, if your name is Christine Blackwell, 
        your username will be "cblackwe", 
and if your name is John Smith, 
        your username would be "jsmith". 

Initially, your password is the last 4 digits of your Social Security
number. After logging in for the first time, you can, and should, change
your password by clicking on the "Change Password" button you'll find on the
course site.

To login to your Manhattan classroom, visit the web site at 
and click on the "Current Courses" link. Find and
click on your course in the list, then enter your username and password.

Manhattan works well with recent versions of either Microsoft's Internet
Explorer, or Netscape's Navigator web browsers.  It does NOT work well with
the web browser built into America Online (AOL).  If you are an AOL
subscriber, first be sure you are using a relatively recent version of their
software  at least version 4.0.  Login to AOL as you normally do to get
connected to the Internet, then "minimize" the AOL software and start the
full version of either Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.

Your course MAY require you to be able to view and create files created with
Word 97/2000.  Word 97 and Word 2000 files use the same format.  If you have
Word 97, you do NOT have to upgrade to Word 2000.

User's manuals, and a sample classroom are available at the Manhattan site,
see  In addition, please contact 

   Steve Narmontas or (413) 782-1778
   Richard Pont or (413) 782-1742 
If you have any questions regarding the use of Manhattan.  The Information
Technology Help Desk at (413) 796-2200 can also help you with general
computer support issues. If you are close to the WNEC campus, and feel you
would benefit from a hands-on tutorial, please call to make an appointment.