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!
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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.
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138 Baltimore St.
Cumberland, MD 21502
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In Maryland there are two ways an adult who has dropped out of school before graduating may earn a high school diploma.
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.
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)
This 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.
This 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.
Our Adult Basic Education Staff is here to help you achieve your goal of earning your Maryland High School Diploma
Melanie Chapman, Program Director & Intake Assessment Specialist
Deborah Miller, Instructional Specialist
Patrice Deprey, Management Information Systems Specialist
Mick Bloom, ABE/GED Instructor
Glenn Burns, ABE/GED Instructor
Wayne Mensinger, ABE/GED Instructor
Susanne Records, ABE/GED Instructor
Tamara Thompson, ABE/GED Instructor
Patty DeRosa, National External Diploma Program Advisor/Assessor
Jodi Miller, National External Diploma Program Advisor/Assessor
Resources & Tutorials
Enrollment and placement in the classes is based on TABE assessment scores. TABE Assessment takes place as part of intake and orientation sessions.
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. Topics include basic grammar, basic math operations, and application of mathematics and integrated career pathways instruction to build employability soft skills. NO FEE
This course provides instruction on reading, writing, and mathematic abilities and provides an opportunity for career exploration and improving use of technology within a family literacy and career focused context. Topics include reading comprehension, basic grammar, computation and applying math to real life problems. NO FEE
Adult Secondary Education - GED Fast Track
This course prepares students to take the official GED Test or to qualify for admission to the National External Diploma Program (NEDP). Strategies for test taking skills will be introduced. College and Career exploration will be conducted. GED Materials Fee $45
Adult Secondary Education - National External Diploma Program
This course is designed to enable learners to prepare a portfolio for evaluation of prior learning to validate the skills needed to achieve a high school credential. Learners will summarize life experiences, describe and document authentic experiences including reading for detail and understanding, writing, experiential learning, and mathematical computation. 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*. The student will identify strategies to improve employability skills, essential workplace communication, filling out applications, cover letters, resume writing, basic math and reading/writing skills upgrades. NO COURSE FEE
*Fee for the ACT National Career Readiness Certification Assessment
Bridge to College Success
This course is designed to enable learners to make the 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. Students can hold a high school diploma or have qualified for admission to the Adult Basic Education-Adult Secondary Education Fast Track class. NO FEE
To obtain additional information or to register to attend an orientation for enrollment in the Adult Basic Education program, please call 301-784-5445