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Achieving the Promise Academy

Achieve Your Academic Goals

No matter where you are on your academic journey, the Achieving the Promise Academy (ATPA) supports your success while you are at MC. As a collegewide program, ATPA offers embedded classroom support and one-on-one academic coaching to students enrolled at any campus or taking classes remotely.  

 In and out of the classroom, ATPA coaches can help you build on your strengths and target areas for improvement so that you can excel academically. ATPA services have also been shown to help students pass their classes, improve their grades, save money, and stay on track to graduate on time. ATPA services are free and open to any registered Montgomery College students taking one or more courses.

ATPA Summer Coaching Hotline 

The Achieving the Promise Academy offers a virtual hotline with drop-in hours for students to meet with an ATPA Coach and learn more about ATPA services. During 2021 Summer Sessions, all ATPA one-on-one coaching is offered through our Virtual Hotline. Coaching is open to all MC students. Appointments are not needed.

To connect with a one-on-one coach, drop in to the ATPA Hotline during the following summer hours:

  • Mondays: 9-11am, 1-3pm, and 5-7pm 
  • Tuesdays: 10-12pm, 1-3pm, and 5-7pm 
  • Wednesdays: 1-3pm and 5-7pm 
  • Thursdays: 10-12pm
  • Fridays: 9-11am, 1-3pm, and 5-7pm
  • Sundays: 1-3pm 

Student Success Workshops

During the Fall and Spring semesters, Weekly Learning Community Hour (LCH) workshops help you improve your academic and life skills, such as time management, study skills, overcoming stress and anxiety, and more. Learning Community Workshops are open to any student.

Register for a Class with an Embedded Coach 

ATPA embedded support is offered in specific sections of courses that have been historically harder for students to pass. By enrolling in a course with ATPA embedded support, students receive targeted coaching for that course’s content and expectations. To enroll in these sections, use the advanced filter option in the schedule of classes when registering for courses.  

Request a One-on-One Coach 

One-on-One Academic Coaches help you create a personalized academic success plan and meet weekly with you to help you succeed. Students who participate in the one-on-one coaching program may also be eligible for Tuition Assistance* and the ATPA Laptop Loaner Program. Students may request a one-on-one coach at any time during the academic year through the ATPA website. 

View the ATPA Flyer (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .


ATPA Testimonials

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Learn more about ATPA and hear from MC students about their experience with the academy. Watch ATPA Videos.


 Prospective Students 

How to Receive Academic Coaching

Our holistic academic coaching program serves any student who requests a personal one-on-one coach or enrolls in select classes with embedded academic coaches. 

Request One-on-One Academic Coaching

Request a one-on-one coach through the online application.
One-on-one coaching is offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. Current and incoming students may apply for a one-on-one coach any time during the year. After we process your application, ATPA staff will contact you to schedule next steps, which include a self-assessment, matching with a personal coach, and an orientation to our program. 

Register for Embedded Academic Coaching

Students may also register for specific courses with ATPA academic coaches who have specialized experience teaching and coaching in the courses they're embedded within. In these courses, you will have access to an ATPA Coach within your classroom, as well as weekly communication from your coach with content support, course reminders, and college resources. Courses that offer ATPA embedded support are identified in the course schedule. View a list of courses (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) with embedded support and instructions for identifying these courses in the course schedule.

What to Expect

Embedded coaches will support you for a semester at a time, in classes that have been historically harder for students to pass. Embedded coaches offer course-specific embedded coaching sessions where you can focus on the specific skills and knowledge you need to succeed in that particular course. You can also attend ATPA's student success workshops that help you build the skills, habits, and attitudes shown to help students excel in and out of the classroom. If you want to continue working with ATPA after the semester ends, you can also request a one-on-one coach.

Students who request a one-on-one coach will join a highly-supportive program that helps students build on their strengths, target areas for growth, and access the resources they need to succeed. Students meet regularly with their one-on-one coach as long as they are active in the program or until graduation/transfer. Your coach will help you develop and stick to a personalized ATPA Academic Success Plan each semester and learn about other MC resources and activities designed to increase your abilty to excel academically, graduate from Montgomery College, and start your career or transfer to a four-year university.

Coach and Student Testimonials

ATPA Students:
“I am so glad I participate in the ATPA. I am sure our weekly meetings will guide me towards achieving my goals and will also help me to stay motivated while I progress through college.”

“[My coach] is very on top of things and is always prepared. She listens when I talk and makes sure I stay on track with my assignments.”

“[My coach] was very knowledgeable, informative, professional, and easy to talk to. She was always willing to take the time to re-explain the material.”

“We got everything done. We organized all my assignments due for the next two weeks. We discussed issues on a personal and academic level. Professor Smith understands me plus she went out of her way to get information on an on-campus group.”

“Ms. Young was great throughout the whole semester!  Huge help!”

ATPA Coaches:
“My several years of teaching experience is helping me to be a better coach and my coaching experience helps me to become a better teacher. My care for the students I teach Biology, has increased due to the coaching experience. ATPA is a life changing experience for the students and me."

"Watching students increase their knowledge and confidence in courses and their interactions with faculty has been a rewarding experience. The program is invaluable and gives some of our most disadvantaged students an opportunity to thrive at MC. I've seen students improve their academic performance and refocus their efforts on graduating and transferring to a four-year institution.”

If you're registered for courses at Montgomery College, you can take advantage of any of the following services through ATPA. 

Benefits of ATPA Services

  • Personalized guidance from an ATPA Coach
  • Individual and/or group coaching
  • Support to keep you on track in specific courses and complete your academic program of study
  • Development of academic and life skills (e.g. time management, organization, study skills, test-taking skills, self-advocacy, networking, and others)
  • Assignment and exam preparation in weekly study sessions
  • Monitoring of academic progress through collaboration with faculty and coach
  • Opportunities to network with peers who have similar academic and professional interests 

Unique Features

One-on-one Academic Coaching

  • Coaching until graduation and/or transfer
  • Assessment to identify your strengths and areas for improvement
  • Academic support in all courses
  • Personalized academic success plan each semester
  • One-on-one weekly coaching sessions (or as mutually agreed upon with your coach)
  • Two workshops per semester
  • Laptop loaner program
  • Tuition Assistance, dependent on student status, availability of funds, and other qualifications.

Embedded Classroom Support

  • Coaching for a specific course that offers ATPA embedded support
  • Coach presence in your classroom
  • Coaching sessions that help you study, work on projects, and stay on track
  • Weekly communication on content support, college resources, and course reminders

Faculty Fact Sheet

The Achieving the Promise Academy (ATPA) is an academic program created by Montgomery College to support students while they complete their degree. Students can enroll in courses with ATPA embedded support and may also apply for holistic, individualized coaching for all their courses, and other areas of need, through one-on-one academic coaching. All coaches are faculty members. Embedded support coaches often have taught the course in which they are embedded. Coaches partner with students, their professors, and other College resources to help students achieve their academic goals. View the Achieving the Promise Academy Faculty Fact Sheet (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

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What People are Saying
No athlete or musician is embarrassed or reluctant to have a coach; on the contrary, they consider it mandatory. The same should be true of academics. No student should be hesitant to accept from an expert ATPA Academic Coach the encouragement and coaching to propel them toward academic success. It can give you the winning edge. 
Richard Scott, ATPA Program Coordinator
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