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

Learn at your own pace and in your own style. You can begin anytime.

The Academic Success Program offers the following classes in Missoula, MT 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’s 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 to 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.

How To Get Started

If you need additional support in preparation for the HiSet exam, 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. Please call 406-549-8765 to schedule.

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 406-549-8765 for more information.