ABE Frequently Asked Questions
Call 301-784-5445 to register to attend a free, 2 day Orientation session which is held once a month in Cumberland, MD.
Students need to know their personal identification information: address, phone number, social security number, official withdrawal form (if 16-17 years old).
Upon completion of either the General Education Development (GED) or the National External Diploma Program (NEDP), the student will be awarded a Maryland high school diploma.
Daytime classes are held in Cumberland at the Downtown YMCA and at the HRDC WEX office on Virginia Avenue; evening classes are held at South Penn Elementary school and at Eckhart Alternative school.
Infant and toddler childcare is available for classes held at the Downtown Cumberland YMCA and is provided by the YMCA Family Support program. Parents must register their child(ren) with the YMCA and provide documentation of up-to-date shot records.
Individuals who are 16 years old and older and officially withdrawn from school are welcome to attend classes. Services are available for individuals in possession of a high school diploma if they are identified as skills deficient in reading and/or math. Persons without a high school diploma are given preference over individuals seeking a skills upgrade.
Classes cover math, science, social studies, reading, writing, and career/job skills. Material is individualized so that each student receives instruction in areas where they require the most help.
Adult basic education classes are free-there are no fees to enroll and attend classes. Once a student is prepared to enter a diploma program (GED/NEDP), fees are charged--$70 for GED and $100 for NEDP. These funds are non-refundable.
The Adult Basic Education program has community partners who value education and are willing to provide scholarships for individuals who are pursuing a diploma through either the GED or the NEDP. Please discuss the need for assistance with the Intake Assessment Specialist.
There is no clear answer for this-the length of time in the program will depend on the individual's academic abilities and their commitment to their own education. The program will regularly assess the student to ensure that adequate progress is being made toward achieving the goal of earning a diploma but it is up to the individual to make the commitment.
Transportation is not provided by the program. However, the Allegany County Transit Authority busses have stops close to the Downtown YMCA and the HRDC WEX office on Virginia Avenue.
Yes, once a year, generally in June, all individuals who earn a diploma at any time between July and June will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony. The ceremony is structured like a public school graduation-students wear the tradition cap and gown, families are invited and a small reception is held after the ceremony.
No, services are provided to anyone regardless of work status, financial assistance or immigration status.
Yes, we provide transition services to recent graduates which might include introduction to the Allegany College of Maryland campus/programs and/or a review of job placement services in Allegany County.