MSU-Northern @ Lewistown & Central Montana Education Center
Montana State University-Northern has provided coursework and professional development training sessions in Lewistown since 1985. The main campus for MSU-Northern is in Havre which is 175 miles from Lewistown.
In conjunction with Educational Opportunities for Central Montana (EOCM), Northern offers a wide variety of college courses that allow area people to work toward their post-secondary education goals and remain in the Lewistown area. Some take classes toward a degree, some for career advancement and others simply for the challenge and joy of life long learning.
Approximately 100 courses are offered by Northern each academic year including entry-level Montana University Core classes required for any degree program, an Associate of Arts degree, the Associate and Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, the Associate and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, as well as graduate level courses for educators.
Workshops, seminars, and lectures have been held in the past with great success. Topics have been educational as well as enjoyable meeting the needs of individuals, businesses, and school districts.
Each year Lewistown's School District No. One offers a comprehensive program of educational, social, recreational and cultural opportunities for adults ages 16 and older in the Central Montana area. Course work ranges from business and computers to health, sports and fitness to landscaping, cooking, creative writing, and more. Community input is encouraged. Each year approximately one-hundred different informal classes are offered during three sessions- fall, winter and spring. Registration takes place after advertisement of classes for the three sessions and minimal fees for tuition and supplies are charged based on the costs of the class.
The Adult Education Program is supported by funds from a one mill high school levy and the remainder of the budget revenue comes from fees collected from students.
Driver Education sessions are held each year during the months of June and July. A general registration for all sessions is held early each fall and continues throughout the year until no spaces remain. Students must be at least 14½ years of age to be eligible for this program. Cost is $280.
Interested persons may inquire about the adult-learner program providing individualized tutoring for driver education needs, beginner to experienced motorcycle skills courses, and the Montana Advanced Driver Education Program.
Classes are available for adults over 16 years of age who are not in a traditional school setting. Adult basic education provides one-to-one instruction in reading, writing, language skills, math, basic job skills, Montana and commercial driver license assistance, computer literacy, and citizenship. One-to-one literacy tutoring is also available.
Free classes are offered at the Adult Learning Center three days per week, year round. Students may begin anytime. Testing assessments are conducted by Montana certified teachers and followed by individualized instruction at the student's own pace.
Many students attend these classes to prepare for the GED exam which is given once each month, September through May. The exam is administered by this office at the Central Montana Education Center, which is located at 773 Airport Road in Lewistown. Reservations are required to take the test and examinees must complete an orientation session prior to their scheduled test date. There is a fee to test and participants must provide photo identification at the test site. Anyone under 19 years of age must have clearance to test prior to the exam date.