Individuals who have not earned a high school diploma are eligible to attend classes to improve their basic skills in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies through teacher-directed lessons, computer-based programs, and independent work outside of class. Students ages 17 to 18 must not be currently enrolled in public school to qualify. Some students wish to seek a Maryland diploma by preparing to take the GED® Test or completing the NEDP (National External Diploma Program).
Students whose reading skills are below grade three are referred to HCC ’s partner, the Washington County Literacy Council, for more intensive assistance prior to enrolling in classes. All students are assessed at the orientation session and then are placed into the appropriate class level.
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
English as a Second Language (ESL)
National External Diploma Program (NEDP)
General Educational Development (GED®)
New Student Orientations
New students must attend a two-part Orientation.
The first appointment students will meet with the Intake and Assessment Specialist, complete program paperwork and preliminary testing.
Students then return for the second part of Orientation and participate in Start-Up Week. Start-Up Week is designed to prepare new students to re-enter the classroom, set educational goals, and determine class schedule.
High School Diplomas
The State of Maryland offers two pathways for adults and out-of-school youth to earn their high school diploma:
Pass all four parts of the GED® test
Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies. For more information, visit: www.ged.com
Complete the National External Diploma Program (NEDP)
A flexible program for students 18 and older who want to work independently to earn their high school diploma. Average program completion time is 6-12 months for most students. Students interested in enrolling must receive specific scores on program reading and math assessments. For more information, visit: www.casas.org/nedp.