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Adult Literacy Services

Adult Literacy Services

Adult Literacy Services


The Adult Literacy Services program’s mission is to provide students with educational and workforce training opportunities to enhance their lives as individuals, workers, and members of the community. Students can access courses designed to support development of basic literacy skills, English-language acquisition, GED preparation and short-term career training programs. Students interested in registering for classes must be at least 18 years old and fully withdrawn from public school.

Program Registration Requirements

All students are required to attend Orientation and complete pre and post assessments. Students can access upcoming Orientation dates and times through the links provided below.

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Adult Basic Education (ABE): Courses designed to support development of fundamental reading, writing, and math skills. ABE courses set the foundation for students to be successful in higher-level GED Preparation courses or short-term career training programs. Courses are free.

GED Prep: Courses designed to prepare students to take and pass the GED exam and earn a Maryland high school diploma. Students can take enroll in either Social Studies and Language Arts courses or Math and Science courses, or both! Courses are free.

Register for ABE and GED Classes

Register for Online GED Classes

National External Diploma Program (NEDP)
How does it work?

  • The National External Diploma Program is a unique way for adults to earn their high school diploma:
  • computer based
  • majority of work completed at home
  • bi-weekly appointments with assigned assessor
  • completed in 6-12 months
  • self-paced
  • flexible schedule
  • pre-screening required
  • cost $90 payable in two installments

For more information or to schedule testing, contact Marsha Bannon. Email:, Phone: 240-500-2495.

Family Literacy: GED Prep courses designed for students who are parents with children 16 years old and younger. Classes are offered in partnership with the Washington County Family Center. Free childcare is available to those who have children 3 years old or younger. Classes are free.

Register for Family Literacy Classes

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English as a Second Language: Beginning and Intermediate-level courses designed to support learning of the foundations of the English language. Students will learn the basics of reading, writing, speaking and listening in English. Courses are free.

Register for ESL Classes

ESL098: This course is designed for students whose English proficiency allows them to meet professional and social demands, carry on conversations, and grasp deeper contexts in the language. The classes provide non-native English speakers with the opportunity to pursue college-level coursework. Courses are free but students are required to purchase textbooks. If you have taken the Accuplacer placement exam and tested into one of these classes, please register here:

Register for ESL098 Classes

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Careers in Less Than a Year!

Courses designed to provide students with career training certifications. Students work to develop the necessary skills for certification completion and career readiness, while also strengthening basic literacy and soft skills. Grant funding assistance is available to those who qualify.

Career Training for English-language learners: Courses designed to provide career training and certifications for non-native English speakers. Students will successfully complete short-term training programs that lead to certification in various fields, while improving English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. This opportunity enhances students’ chances for immediate employment. In order to be eligible for enrollment, students must possess High Intermediate or Advanced-level English-language skills, which is determined by reading and listening pre-assessments.

Home Health Aid: This 3-week course led by a Registered Nurse will involve classroom and a lab for skill practice. Topics include home care procedures, infection control, body mechanics, communication, safety, nutrition and caring for older adults. CPR and First Aid certification from the American Heart Association is included in the course. This course also offers support for English-language learners. A Workforce Development “Certificate of Completion” is awarded upon successful completion of the course. Sign up now! Classes starting in July.

Contact Adult Literacy Services office for more information or to sign up: 240-500-2313

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