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Adult Basic Education

We are more than GED
The Adult Education Program at Allegany College of Maryland is a grant-funded program providing educational services to Maryland residents who need a high school diploma, or who may need to work on their basic skills for employment or continuing their education. Students must be at least 18 years of age and not required to be enrolled in public school.
Director of Adult Basic Education
Location: GATEWAY CENTER 3rd Floor

Offering flexible online options for learning in your own space at your own pace!

Adult Basic Education (ABE) is currently offering remote courses to allow adult learners a flexible way to engage in learning while maintaining safety and flexibility. Our courses will still provide the opportunity for contact with the instructor and classmates in virtual face-to-face formats coupled with digital and remote learning.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)
These basic skills courses are designed to develop the reading, writing, and math abilities for individuals to perform day-to-day tasks and build skills necessary for securing a non-traditional high school diploma and employment. No Fee

Family Literacy
This course provides parents real world reading, writing, math, and technology skills along with opportunities for career exploration to provide a strong literacy foundation for families. No Fee

Diploma Prep: General Education Development (GED) and External Diploma Program (NEDP)
This course prepares students to take the official GED Test or to qualify for admission to the National External Diploma Program (NEDP).
GED Testing Fee $45/NEDP Materials Fee $60

ABE Program Support Instruction
Adult Basic Education offers instruction for eligible students to support transition into the college experience through the identification of career and education goals, developing post-secondary education learning skills and strategies, and building content knowledge. No Fee

English as a Second Language (ESL)
This course provides instruction for English language learners in the basics of reading, writing, speaking and listening in English.
No Fee

Workplace and Career Readiness Skills
This course is designed to enable the student to learn the skills necessary to improve
employability and basic skills using the ACT Workforce Solutions Curriculum. No Course Fee/ACT WorkKeys NCRC Assessment $36

You can now take the official GED test online and we have resources to help you. 



Meet the Staff

Melanie J. Chapman 

Gateway Center 3rd Floor

MAED Adult Education and Training  Bachelor's of Science Business Administration

Deborah (Miller) Hormuth 
Instructional and Intake Specialist

Gateway Center 3rd Floor


Marie Weddle 
Intake Assessment Specialist

Gateway Center 3rd Floor


Patrice Deprey 
Manager of Information Specialist

Gateway Center 3rd Floor



Jeanne Gilbert, National External Diploma Program (NEDP)-Garrett County

Deborah Henson, Distance Learning

Shea Hormuth, ABE, ELearning, Two Gen Workplace Skills

Tracy Kirk, Instructional Mentor

Jodie Thompson, Career Pathways DSS, Workplace Transitions

Marie Weddle,  Diploma Prep, Bridge to College Success 

Kathy Wood, National External Diploma Program, Corrections Re-Entry



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