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ABE Frequently Asked Questions


How can I enroll in classes?

What do I need to know to enroll in the program?

What kind of diploma will I receive if I participate in the program?

Where and when are classes available?

Is childcare available during class?

Who is eligible to access adult education classes?

What subjects will be studied?

Is there a FEE for adult education classes?

Is there help for paying the fees?

How long does it take to get my diploma?

Is transportation available?

Are there graduation activities if I complete the program?

If a student works, receives financial assistance, or does not have documentation of their immigration status, will this prevent him/her from using the free adult education services?

Do you provide any kind of help/guidance after I graduate?



How can I enroll in classes?

Call 301-784-5445 to register to attend a free, 2 day Orientation session which is held once a month in Cumberland, MD.

 

What do I need to know to enroll in the program?

Students need to know their personal identification information: address, phone number, social security number, official withdrawal form (if 16-17 years old).

 

What kind of diploma will I receive if I participate in the program?

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.

 

Where and when are classes available?

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.

 

Is childcare available during class?

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.

 

Who is eligible to access adult education classes?

Individuals who are 16 years old and older and officially withdrawn from school are welcome to attend classes.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.

 

What subjects will be studied?

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.

 

Is there a FEE for adult education classes?

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.

 

Is there help for paying the fees?

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.

 

How long does it take to get my diploma?

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.

 

Is transportation available?

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.

 

Are there graduation activities if I complete the program?

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.

 

If a student works, receives financial assistance, or does not have documentation of their immigration status, will this prevent him/her from using the free adult education services?

No, services are provided to anyone regardless of work status, financial assistance or immigration status.

 

Do you provide any kind of help/guidance after I graduate?

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.