What is the Academic Success Program?
Funded with Federal, State and local dollars, the Academic Success Program (ASP) helps students improve their reading, writing and math skills. Students enroll hoping to achieve one of four goals:
- Complete the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)
- Succeed in college, training and apprenticeships
- Find and keep a job that works for you
- Explore careers that interest you
The Academic Success Program offers the following classes on an ongoing basis:
- Essentials of Mathematics
Math instruction tailored to your individual needs. Whether you are returning to college, preparing to take the HiSET test or simply want to help your children with their math homework, we can help.
- College Prep Algebra
This class begins with a review of important ideas from arithmetic and pre-algebra and then develops the essential ideas of algebra. Topics include rational numbers, integers, linear equations, polynomials, and rational expressions.
- Reading & Writing Essentials
Improve your reading and writing skills for HiSET preparation, college, or workforce re-entry. Instruction may be individualized, small group, and/or computer-assisted. Reading instruction will include work in comprehension and vocabulary. Writing instruction will cover sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling, practical writing, paragraph, and essay writing. Set a schedule that works for you! You can begin anytime.
- Writing for Business or College
Refresh your writing skills in this class which will cover sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, and style. Students will receive instruction in writing and organizing everything from a paragraph to an essay. Prewriting, editing and rewriting will be emphasized.
- College Success Program
This program is designed to help you learn strategies college students use to succeed AND reduce the time and money it costs to complete your program. The program is made available to Missoula College current and prospective students for free through a collaboration between Missoula College, Carl D. Perkins Funds, the Educational Opportunity Center and The Lifelong Learning center.
- HiSET Preparation- There are several ways you can find out if you are ready to take the HiSET. www.HiSET.org has free practice tests and some resources to help you prepare, or come in and take a TABE test and enroll in free brushup classes.
Classes are conveniently located in the following areas:
- Seeley Lake
How To Get Started
If you find you need brush up and would like to attend classes, your first step is to take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Missoula Academic Success Program offers this assessment free to students planning to enroll in classes. The TABE is used to assess your educational needs. It can also determine your readiness to take the HiSET or college level classes. The TABE is offered on various days and times. The TABE test takes about 2.5 hours and you get your results and meet with an advisor when you are finished.
In Missoula, come to The Lifelong Learning Center 310 S Curtis between:
- 4:00 – 5:30 pm on Mondays
- 10 – 11 am on Tuesdays
For other locations call 549-8765 for TABE testing schedule and class hours
MCPS ASP also works with local employers to help screen applicants for employment and/or training by administering the TABE. The cost of the TABE test is $25.
To find out more about these FREE classes, call 549-8765 for more information.