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The purpose of the Adult Learning Center is to provide for the literacy needs of adults in the community. Literacy is defined as the individual’s ability to apply reading, writing, and computational skills to a career and to everyday life. Furthermore, all staff are committed to recognizing individual needs, assisting each student in achieving his or her highest potential, and promoting the desire for lifelong learning. The Helena Adult Learning Center focuses on preparing students for employment and/or college.  This includes preparation for the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test). The HiSET Testing Center provides the students the opportunity to take the HiSET Exam without accessing other services offered through the Adult Learning Center.

The Shop University is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization located in downtown Helena dedicated to providing English as a second language instruction to improve the communication, career, and citizenship goals of our community. Shop University offers morning classes Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and evening classes on Wednesdays.

The Lewis & Clark Library serves all of Lewis & Clark County. The main branch is located in downtown Helena, with additional branches in East Helena, Lincoln, and Augusta. All residents of Lewis & Clark County are eligible to obtain a library card to borrow materials. The Library also offers educational programs, computer classes, and a computer lab, among other services. Everyone can participate in library activities on-site, even if they do not have a library card. The library website has a collection of free test preparation materials for the HiSet, TOEFL, Citizenship Exam, career licensing exams, and college admissions tests. Librarians can help you sign-up for a library card and access any of these resources.

ProLiteracy is a national literacy organization and the Lewis & Clark Literacy Council is an organizational member. The site offers tutorials, web-based training, sample lessons, and more. Many resources are free to everyone, but some are available only to volunteers connected with a member organization. Contact us ( to request our member number so that you can use these resource for free.

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