Advanced Skills Education Program

Increase your chances for promotion with the Advanced Skills Education Program. ASEP, formerly LSEI, provides instruction for all noncommissioned officers and is aimed at enhancing communication, management, leadership and supervisory skills at the unit level. As a supplement to the unit’s professional development program, ASEP courses can improve job performance and provide a more skilled core of leaders to perform the unit mission.

Variety of courses offered include:

  • Effective Military Writing
  • Conducting Briefings
  • Professional Ethics of the NCO
  • Stress Management


Each ASEP course involves 20 hours of on-duty instruction. ASEP classes include interactive instruction using a combination of lectures, practical exercises and hand-on activities.

Upon successful completion of a course, each participant is awarded one semester hour of college credit in management from Central Texas College.

Course Descriptions

BMGT 1177 Critical and Creative Thinking — This course is designed to provide the students with the skills and knowledge required to develop structured approaches to critical/creative thinking and problem solving in the workplace.

MTBC 1170 Conducting Briefings — Teaches how to prepare and conduct military style information briefings. Special attention is given to organizing material, to developing effective delivery skills and the use of audiovisual aids to enhance briefings.

MTBC 1171 Effective Writing I — The course explains the communications process; describes the writing process; and covers identifying, analyzing and constructing effective sentences and paragraphs.

MTBC 1173 Effective Writing II — Building on the student’s basic knowledge of grammar and writing techniques, this course concentrates on improving writing skills through the use of practical exercises.

MTCS 1173 Introduction to Computers — A beginner course designed to help students with little or no computer experience understand computer hardware and software, computer terminology and the Windows desktop operating system. This course should be followed up with other computer courses.

MTCS 1174 Academic Research Using the Internet — This course is designed to help students conduct research online by teaching them a variety of online search strategies, how to evaluate sources, the ethical responsibility associated with plagiarism and how to avoid it, using online library databases to conduct research and creating and using the Modern Language Association (MLA) AND/ OR THE American Psychological Association (APA) DOCUMENTATION STYLES IN Microsoft Word. Students should be able to demonstrate basic computer, Internet and word processing skills. MTCS 1173 Introduction to computers, MTMC 1170 Internet, MTCS 1175 Basic Keyboarding Using the Computer and MTMC 1172 Word Processing are recommended but not required.

MTCS 1175 Basic Keyboarding Using the Computer — This course is designed to teach students the basics of ergonomics, proofreading, basic correspondence and touch typing using a personal computer. Students should be able to type a minimum of 25 WPM to successfully complete the course. Prerequisite: student must be able to demonstrate basic computer skills or have successfully completed MTCS 1173 Introduction to Computers.

MTES 1170 Professional Ethics — This course examines current definitions of ethics and provides opportunities for group and personal analysis of ethical issues. Participants will gain experience in making ethically-related decisions through exercises with case studies. The lecture material and group exercises will increase participant awareness in the principles involved in ethical decision making.

MTES 1171 Professional Values — This course is a study of the Seven Army values and their application to military and personal life. It is designed to acquaint the student with the Army Seven Values, distinguish between professional values and personal values and understand how they apply to their unit, community and nation.

MTHO 1170 Historical Principles of War — This course provides the student with an understanding of the nine principles of war with specific battle examples of each; discusses their application to the history of the United States military; enables the student to apply the military concepts and principles used in past engagements to that of the present and future missions of the military.

MTHO 1171 Middle East Culture — To provide soldiers with a general knowledge of the culture of the people who inhabit the Middle East. This course provides a brief overview of the history and culture including governmental structure, politics, influence of nomadic tribes, religious influence, heritage, family roles, arts, education, business wealth, poverty, jobs, language, health and medicine. Food, drink, dress, etiquette, holidays, organizations and media are also covered. (Military Science Management-AAS)

MTHR 1170 Preparing Efficiency Reports — This course is designed to teach the student aspects of the NCO Evaluation Reporting System (NCOERS)including its development, functions, purpose, forms, preparation of forms and proper processing of forms. The student will learn how to record counseling sessions; prepare and process the efficiency report; recognize prohibited comments on the efficiency report; and become familiar with the various avenues of appeal.

MTHR 1171 Performance Oriented Training — This course is designed to provide the student a basic knowledge and understanding of the rationale, methods, techniques and procedures for determining training needs; the selection of resources to enhance training effectiveness; and how to prepare, present and evaluate training.

MTHR 1172 Prevention of Sexual Harassment — This course provides students an overview of sexual harassment including definition, cause, impact and suggested approaches for dealing with sexual harassment problems when they arise in the workplace. It examines ethical guidelines and actions supervisors can take to avoid sexual harassment. It also includes how to objectively handle complaints.

MTHR 1173 Counseling Practicum Technique — Examines the counseling role of supervisors. Emphasizes speaking, listening and writing skills through simulated counseling situations and the preparation of the leadership counseling forms. The course reviews leadership principles and positive counseling techniques by analyzing various case studies.

MTHR 1174 Time Management — Teaches efficient use of time management and organizational skills. Supervisors learn to eliminate time wasters, increase productivity, better distribute work and schedule tasks more efficiently.

MTHR 1175 Career Management — This course provides students the basic management techniques for career management. It assists individuals in building a base of information for career planning, training and professional development and establishing and working with career goals for themselves and their subordinates.

MTHR 1176 Stress Management — This course explores the relationship between stress and work performance. It provides mechanisms enabling participants to manage personal stress constructively, help subordinates cope with stress and reduce stress in the workplace. Emphasis is on reducing stress levels to achieve high performance in organizations.

MTIR 1170 Interpersonal Relationships — This course provides the student the tools to become more understanding of themselves and others. It presents techniques to better deal with difficult people It defines the basic differences between people in an attempt to create a better understanding of those with whom we work. It reviews the basic model for dealing with these differences.

MTLE 1170 Crime Prevention — This course provides a basic understanding of crime prevention. It also covers the historical background, fundamental concepts and techniques for the deterrence and prevention of crime.

MTLM 1170 Managerial Planning — Develop complex skills in setting goals, planning and coordinating objectives and allocating resources. Managerial styles and models are applied to simulated and real problems.

MTLM 1171 Managing Resources — Working with management problems such as inventory control, planning the efficient use of available resources and creative problem-solving within the limitations of budget constraints.

MTMM 1170 Increasing Work Site Efficiency — This course is designed to assist supervisors increase knowledge about performance, job satisfaction and efficiency of oneself and subordinates at the work site. The course suggests and demonstrates a systematic process to organize work methods and work environments in order to accomplish more work in less time using fewer resources. The course provides techniques for increasing productivity at the work site.

MTMM 1171 Problem Solving — This course presents an effective problem-solving and decision-making model for management settings and offers hands-on practice in using problem-solving techniques. The course includes defining, analyzing and solving management problems. It is designed to present a logical approach to problem solving and step-by-step process for the achievement of desired results.

MTOB 1170 Styles of Leadership — A study of the current Army thoughts on leadership with hands-on practice in developing and practicing a leadership style within the framework of the military organization.

MTOB 1171 Improving Work Performance — This course is designed to provide students the knowledge and tools needed to define desired work performance and design/implement appropriate strategies to improve performance. Topics include a behavioral approach to management, performance standards, motivation, leadership, communication and worker training. Participants will learn behavioral theories and complete practical exercises that provide experience leading to improved work performance.

MTPF 1170 Personal Financial Management I — This course provides students the basic management techniques for planning personal financial affairs and developing a base of information to use during the counseling of subordinates including budgetary controls, family budgets, financial concepts, credit, debt and risk management, bank accounts, borrowing, investing and insurance.

MTPF 1171 Personal Financial Management II — This course provides students the basic management techniques for planning personal financial affairs and developing a base of information to use during the counseling of subordinates including investment concepts, mutual funds, IRAs, retirement and estate planning. Prerequisite: MTPF 1170.

POFT 1132 Workplace Diversity — This course provides basic knowledge about cultural awareness, including cultural heritage, work force diversity, human rights and communications. Students will be able to identify and demonstrate benefits of valuing diversity and effective cultural contacts. Includes behavioral expectations and standards in the business environment.

PSYT 1170 Crisis Intervention I — This course is an introduction to the nature and characteristics of crisis intervention awareness. The course provides basic knowledge and awareness about the various crises that can happen in any organization and includes suicide, domestic violence, sexual assault, substance abuse and PTSD. The course provides a framework for a study of crisis intervention awareness.

PSYT 1171 Crisis Intervention II — This course is an introduction about management’s role in intervening and preventing a crisis situation. The purpose of this class is to provide managers a basic knowledge and how to handle a crisis on topics such as  suicide, depression, stress, finances, domestic violence, sexual harassment, substance abuse and PTSD. The class provides a series of interactive exercises, training videos and case studies that allow students to generate their own crisis management plans for their organizations based upon material learned through Crisis Management I and II.

For more information, please see  CTC Catalog, Programs of Study, p.72. contact your Education Center staff, or Download the ASEP Pamphlet

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