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Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education

The Adult Education Program at Allegany College of Maryland is a grant-funded program through the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation and the U.S. Department of Education. The program provides educational services to Maryland residents who would like to earn the credential of a Maryland high school diploma by taking the GED test or by completing the National External Diploma Program, or who may need a skills refresher for their jobs or continuing education.
Students must be at least 18 years of age and not enrolled in public school!


We are here to help earn your Maryland High School Diploma!

Services include:

  • Assessment of academic skills

  • Classes at all levels, from basic skills through high school diploma

  • Two programs to earn a MARYLAND High School Diploma

  • College & career transition services

  • Employment support services

  • Childcare available*

  • Classes held at convenient locations throughout Allegany County



*Childcare provided by the YMCA Family Support Center-Family Literacy Partnerships

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Adult Education and Literacy Services is housed within the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation as part of the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning. The Adult Education Office is located at 1100 N. Eutaw Street, Room 120, Baltimore, MD 21201. The mission of the Office of Adult Education and Literacy Services (AELS) is to provide leadership for the establishment of adult education goals, oversight for implementation of the federal Adult Education State Plan, and administration of the statewide GED® testing program to ensure that adult learners are part of Maryland's upwardly mobile workforce. Federal support for adult instructional services is provided by the Workforce Investment Act, Title II: The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, and is augmented by Maryland General Funds. The purpose of these funds is to create a partnership among the Federal Government, States, and localities to prove adult education and literacy services, in order to assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency; who are parents to obtain the educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children; and in the completion of a secondary school education. The Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning provides grants for instructional programs in all Maryland jurisdictions, to offer classes for adults who are interested in improving basic skills in reading, writing, and math, or learning to speak and understand the English language. Adults may also prepare to earn a high school diploma through the GED® tests or the National External Diploma Program (NEDP). Successful completers of both GED® and NEDP programs earn a Maryland High School Diploma.

In addition to adult instructional services, the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning provides GED® testing for Maryland residents who have not earned a high school diploma. Test candidates must be at least 17 years old and not enrolled in school.



To ENROLL for Classes you must attend one of our

FREE orientation sessions 

2018 Dates

2019 Dates


August 15

January 23

Allegany County
American Job Center

138 Baltimore St.

Suite 102

Cumberland, MD 21502

September 5

February 20

October 17

March 27

November 14

April 24

December 5

CALL 301-784-5445 or  REGISTER ONLINE!

Diploma Options

Diploma Options

In Maryland there are two ways an adult who has dropped out of school before graduating may earn a high school diploma.



GED® Testing

GED® candidates must be residents of Maryland. They must be at least 18 years of age at the time of testing. They may not have obtained a Maryland high school diploma, or a high school certificate or diploma issued by another state or non-US or correspondence school. They must be officially withdrawn from a regular full-time public or private school; or have obtained a Maryland High School Certificate of Program Completion in accordance with COMAR 13A.03.02.09D.Watch a video for more infoon GED Testing

In order to pass the test, a minimum score must be obtained in the content areas of Reasoning through Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics.

Learn more about the GED® Testing.



National Adult External Diploma Program (NEDP)

National External Diploma ProgramThis program is for individuals, ages 18 and older, who are not enrolled in regular high school and can demonstrate essential academic competencies and life skills. Academic skill areas include: reading, writing, mathematics, oral communication, and critical thinking. Life skills relate to occupational, self, social, aesthetic, consumer, and scientific awareness. This is not a class attendance-based program. Participants are expected to meet periodically with an assessor to develop a portfolio that proves they have acquired the skills required to be awarded a Maryland High School Diploma.

Watch a video for more information on NEDPThis is an online-format program designed for self-directed youth and adults with life and work experiences and familiarity with the computer. This program offers flexible scheduling and confidentiality.

Learn more about the National External Diploma Program.


ABE Staff

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Our Adult Basic Education Staff is here to help you achieve your goal of earning your Maryland High School Diploma





Melanie Chapman,  Director of Adult Basic Education  



Deborah Miller, Instructional Specialist 



Patrice Deprey, Management Information Systems Specialist 



Patricia DeRosa, NEDP Advisor Assesser  



Jodi Miller , NEDP Advisor Assessor  




Glenn Burns, ABE and Workplace Skills


Stephanie Hutter-Thomas, Distance Learning and ABE Integrated Instruction


Michael Lashbaugh, ABE Bridge Math


Susanne RecordsFamily Literacy, ABE


Bonnie Ruppenkamp, Eckhart and NEDP


Marie Weddle,  ACDC and Diploma Prep


Sharon YoderABE ESL



Adult Basic Education Courses


The Allegany College of Maryland's Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development Adult Basic Education programs offer a wide variety of courses meant to help individuals gain the knowledge and skills to meet their educational goals.

Adult Basic Education Courses—Basic Skills, Multi Level, Intermediate
These courses are designed to develop the reading, writing, and mathematics abilities of adults who need these basic life and job skills to perform day-to-day tasks and build skills necessary for securing their high school diploma.  NO FEE

Diploma Fast Track
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 due at time of testing

National External Diploma Program
This course is designed to emable students to prepare a portfolio for evaluation of prior learning to validate the skills needed to achieve a high school credential. Materials Fee $120

Adult Basic Education Workplace Skills
This course is designed to enable the student to learn the skills necessary to improve employability and basic skills. Coursework includes use of the ACT Career Ready 101 KeyTrain WorkKeys Curriculum*.   NO COURSE FEE
*Fee for the ACT National Career Readiness Certification Assessment

ABE Developmental and Certificate Program Support Instruction
Adult Basic Education offers instruction for eligible students that supports the learner transition into the college experience through the identification of career and educational goals, developing post-secondary education learning skills and strategies, and building content knowledge.  NO FEE

English as a Second Language (ESL)
Beginning and Intermediate-level courses designed to support learning of the foundations of the English language. Students will learn the basics of reading, writing, speaking and listening in English.  NO FEE

The Adult Basic Education Program offers the flexibility of studying online to earn a Maryland High School Diploma!

To obtain additional information or to register to attend an orientation for enrollment in the Adult Basic Education program, please call 301-784-5445