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Adult Learning Center StaffThe Adult Learning Center at Casper College is located in the Casper College Werner Technical Center. We offer free assistance to out-of-school adult students, 16 years old and older, who need to improve their basic reading, writing, and math skills in order to reach their educational and employment goals. Educational services are also available to speakers of other languages.

Services we provide include:Follow us!

  • Adult Basic Education
  • High School Equivalency Preparation
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Volunteer Opportunities

All services are free and open to the public.
These services are state and federally funded through adult education and literacy programs administered by the Wyoming Community College Commission, BOCES, and Casper College.

Students can work at home, in the center, or both. Those requiring intensive individualized instruction may be placed with a Literacy Volunteers of Casper tutor. (See Literacy Volunteers of Casper information accessible from the tab above.) More information is available online about ProLiteracy America.

Adult Basic Education includes:

  • Basic writing
  • Basic math
  • Basic reading
  • Computer literacy skills

The initial assessment given to students is the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), which indicates skills mastered and skills needing  improvement. The complete battery of tests takes approximately four hours to complete.

High School Equivalency (HSE) Preparation includes:

  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Language Arts, Reading
  • Math
  • Language Arts, Writing (including an essay component)

The initial assessment given to students is the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), which indicates skills mastered and skills needing  improvement. The complete battery of tests takes approximately four hours to complete.

The State of Wyoming requires 16 and 17 year olds to apply for an age waiver before they are authorized to take a HSE test. Refer to the Wyoming Community College Commission site for more information.


Instruction in U.S. government and history necessary to pass the U.S. citizenship test. Students must have a basic knowledge of reading, writing, and speaking English, and should be one year from applying for citizenship.

English as a Second Language:

Assessment and instruction for students whose native language is not English. Class instruction is available for all levels of survival English. There is no charge for this service.


Orientation is required for all students in each program. The orientations provide students with general information about program requirements and HSE testing. For more information, call 307-268-2230.

  • Chelse DePaolo-Lara - Director
    • Phone: (307) 268-3036
    • Office: WT
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  • Connie Colman - Adult Learning Center Instructor
    • Phone: (307) 268-2128
    • Office: WT
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  • Janet DeVoogd - ESL Instructor
    • Phone: (307) 268-4030
    • Office: WT
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  • Melody Dugan - Office Assistant
    • Phone: (307) 268-2230
    • Office: WT
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  • Alison Hofer
    • Phone: (307) 268-2664
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  • Maggie McGee - Adult Learning Center Instructor
    • Phone: (307) 268-2453
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  • Kelsee Miller - Adult Learning Center Instructor
    • Phone: (307) 268-2895
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  • Sue Sigler - Adult Learning Center Instructor
    • Phone: (307) 268-3040
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ESL Students in a typical class settingEnglish as a Second Language for students desiring to learn to improve their English skills in:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

Classes are taught individually and in small groups according to skill level. New students can register on site. An assessment, the Basic English Skills Test Plus (BEST+), is administered to determine appropriate placement in the class.

Classes are located at the Casper College campus, Werner Technical Center, Room 105.


  • ESL: Beginning
    (Pre-registration is required and will be held 30 minutes prior to class.)
    • Monday - Thursday, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

  • ESL: Advanced
    (Pre-registration is required and will be held 30 minutes prior to class.)
    • Monday - Thursday, 12-1:30 p.m.

  • ESL: Evening
    (Pre-registration is required and will be held 30 minutes prior to class.)
    • Tuesday, 6:15-7:45 p.m.

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Can I study online?

Although you can do most of your studying online, you’ll still need to visit The Adult Learning Center at Casper College to get set up. If you are interested in developing your basic skill areas and already have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate, you can come in any time we are open to get started in the program. If you are a prospective high school equivalency student, you’ll need to attend a new student orientation.

To get started:

All students must take a pre-test to determine their instructional needs. After visiting with an instructor and getting acquainted with the online software program, we will set you up to study in any of the following areas from home:

Basic skill areas:

  • Reading
  • Language and writing
  • Basic math
  • Intermediate math
  • Pre-algebra
  • Algebra
  • Science I & II
  • Social Studies I & II
  • Information skills
  • Workforce readiness

If you're an approved distance education student, you can access your assignments here:

Each year we are honored to present the awards for this year’s graduating class. You can’t imagine how hard it is each year to pick out just one recipient as we meet so many unique and wonderful people that are deserving of the awards.

  • 2015 Student Achievement Award -- Mikki Roberts

    The Adult Learning Center at Casper College Student Achievement Award is presented to the student who perseveres against overwhelming odds, and successfully achieves their goal of earning the High School Equivalency Credential.

    This particular student returned to school after a 35-year absence. She dropped out during her 10th grade year to raise a family. She had to overcome her fears and doubts from being out of the educational system for so long. When this student first came into the center a year and a half ago, she summed up what was important to her by three simple statements: “I want to learn,” “I need help,” and “I work hard.” We never could have imagined just how accurate these statements were!

    She was very faithful in her attendance in the math and language classes, but also spent extra time to study independently in the open lab. She was very determined and didn’t seem to allow failures or setbacks discourage her. She showed us time and again her willingness to complete the work we asked her to do that would give her the success she was after.

    Even though she would say things like, “I don’t think I’m going to pass,” or “I’m not ready yet,” she was always open to whatever curriculum or strategy we threw her way. She always responded with, “OK, I’ll try.” She utilized every learning option we had to offer.

    While this student was raising a special needs granddaughter, she made the effort to work diligently and overcome her math and language challenges. Her effort and commitment have made her successful in passing the High School Equivalency Test. We are very proud of you, Mikki Roberts for what you have accomplished.

  • 2015 Student of the Year -- Wade Neal

    The person selected as the 2015 Adult Learning Center at Casper College Student of the Year has overcome unbelievable obstacles to get to this graduation today, but we were unaware of them until he had received his High School Equivalency Certificate. He was one of the most positive, thoughtful, considerate students we’ve had the privilege to know, and he made the classroom a better place for all of us by his presence.

    This student learned to read at the age of 22, when he and his dad took a class at the lumber mill where they both worked. He had managed to make it through 10th grade without knowing how to read, and he was an “A” and “B” student! Amazing!

    Due to his many skills, he was employed with high-paying union jobs until the age of 35, when a crane fell on him and ended his bridge building career. He came to Wyoming where he worked at remodeling homes and businesses, until his doctor told him after his third heart attack that he needed to find a new, less physically demanding career.

    After researching employment, he learned he could not secure a decent job without his high school equivalency certificate, and that’s when he came to the Adult Learning Center at Casper College at the advice of his vocational rehabilitation counselor. He enrolled in November, 2014, took a pretest, and learned he needed at least 50 hours of study time to be able to complete his goal. He willingly put in over three times that number of hours, both in the classroom and online, and completed his high school equivalency with great scores, even on his written essay, which he reported was his least favorite task!

    Wade Neal has not let any of the hurdles put in his way dampen his goals and dreams. He has a “can do” attitude toward any new endeavor, and he was a joy to teach and an inspiration to us all. It is with great honor that we present this year’s Adult Learning Center at Casper College Student of the Year Award to Wade Neal.

  • August 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., tutor training
  • 25-28, 8 a.m.-noon, ESL registration
  • August 28, 1 p.m., Literacy Volunteers of Casper Board meeting
  • August 29, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., volunteer and tutor meet and greet

  • September 2, 9 a.m., 1 and 6 p.m., orientation
  • September 8, citizenship classes begin
  • September 15, In 2 Win session 1 classes begin
  • September 29-October 1, Fall Institute (center closed)
  • October 7, 9 a.m., 1 and 6 p.m., orientation
  • October 20, In 2 Win session 2 classes begin

  • November 4, 9 a.m., 1 and 6 p.m., orientation
  • November 19, Holiday Open House

  • December 2, 9 a.m., 1 and 6 p.m., orientation

Click here to visit the ProLiteracy website!Literacy Volunteers of Casper (LVC) is an affiliate of ProLiteracy America. Volunteers are recruited throughout Natrona County and are placed individually with students who need extra help in basic skills or English as a Second Language. Often students are unable to come to the center because of conflicts with jobs, daycare, or transportation. Tutors can be placed with these students and can help them work towards meeting their educational goals. Students meeting with volunteer tutors will meet in safe public locations.

All LVC tutors must go through an approved tutor training workshop in Basic Literacy or English as a Second Language, prior to being placed as tutors. Workshops are generally offered in the fall semester and are conducted by certified ProLiteracy America trainers. For more information on becoming a member of Literacy Volunteers of Casper call 307-268-2230.

18th Open House and Theme Basket Auction

The Casper College Adult Learning Center and Literacy Volunteers of Casper recently held its 18th Open House and Theme Basket Auction to raise funds for student/tutor activities. We would like to thank the following Casper donors for giving to our theme basket silent auction:

  • 12 / 24 Club
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Casper College Thunderbirds
  • Casper Fire Department
  • Casper Golf Club
  • Casper Surgical Center
  • Cheese Barrel
  • Cottage Café
  • Donells Candies and Ice Cream
  • El Mark-o Lanes
  • Hogadon
  • HQ Southern BBQ
  • Movie Palace, Inc.
  • Mrs. Wyoming 50's, Terry Hlibichuk
  • Natrona County Parks Department
  • Natrona County Public Library
  • Nicolaysen Art Museum
  • Olive Garden
  • Parkway Plaza Hotel
  • Pizza Ranch
  • Poor Boy’s Steakhouse
  • Red Lobster
  • Rotaract of Casper
  • Senator Barasso
  • Senator Enzi
  • Silver Fox Restaurant
  • Sunrise Coffee Café
  • Timberline Hospitalities
  • WLC Engineering
  • Wonder Bar
  • Wyoming Food for Thought
  • Wyoming Symphony Orchestra

We would like to thank: Sheridan Holiday Inn and Convention Center, and Powder Horn Golf Course in Sheridan for their donations.

Also, we would like to thank the following Jackson Hole area donors: The Antler Inn, National Museum of Wildlife Art, and Triangle X-Ranch.

We would also like to thank the following Deadwood, South Dakota donors: Midnight Star Casino, Days of ’76 Museum, First Gold Hotel, and Gold Dust Entertainment, and Saloon 10.

Without the generous support of the above merchants, our fundraiser would not have been the success it was.

Click on the following links for more information:


LVC's Tutor Volunteers
2014-15 Literacy Volunteers of Casper

Literacy Volunteers of Casper
Board of Directors:

  • Laura Driscoll, Casper College
  • Andy Losasso, Casper Workforce Center
  • Jim Zierden, Natrona County School District
  • Betsy O'Neil, Natrona County Public Library
  • Andie Bowden, Wyoming Family Literacy
  • Ernie Nichols, Natrona County Detention Center
  • Ron Morris, Community Representative
  • Clif McCrady, Community Action Partnership of Natrona County
  • Nicky Harper, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Chelse DePaolo-Lara, Adult Learning Center at Casper College
  • Recorder: Melody Dugan, Adult Learning Center at Casper College

For information regarding Casper College WorkKeys testing: Go to the Academic Testing Center, and click on the WorkKeys tab.

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