Adult Education Programs offer a variety of instructional opportunities for county residents. Those who wish to earn a high school diploma, improve reading and writing skills, or perform math more accurately may attend free day and evening classes scheduled in all major areas of the county. These classes include Adult Basic Education (ABE) — basic reading, math, and English, and Adult Secondary Education (ASE), generally referred to as General Educational Development (GED) — preparation to take the national test for a Maryland high school diploma. ABE and GED classes are small, relaxed, and informal and are led by teachers specially skilled and trained in working with adults.
County employers who would like to have a workplace skills or an ABE/GED class at their business site for their employees can arrange this with the Adult Education Office.
Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes for English Learners (EL) are held throughout the school year at Stephen Decatur High School for two hours, twice each week. These free, open-entry classes provide non-English speaking or limited-English speaking adults with the opportunity to improve their conversational and basic English skills. EL classes are also held in three other locations.
A Volunteer Literacy Program serves the needs of those adults who will benefit from one-on-one instruction. After an initial assessment by the Adult Education Programs' staff, the adult new reader is paired with a volunteer tutor who has been provided with training and instructional resources.
ESL, ABE, and GED programs are all components of the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation's Adult Education and Family Literacy initiative, a coordinated state and local effort developed to ensure the availability of instructional and support services for undereducated adults.
WCPS' Adult Education Programs serve more than 300 county citizens annually, and approximately 45 adult students receive their high school diploma each year by successfully completing the GED tests.
For more information or to request a current schedule, call the Adult Education Office at 410-632-5071.