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High School Diploma Programs

We offer the following programs to help you work towards obtaining your Maryland High School diploma.  Placements in these programs are made by assessment scores in math and reading comprehension as well as a writing sample.  Specific information on current schedules and registration is on the tab on the left.  These classes are funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and Maryland Literacy Works.

GED Exam Review

Once per month, we offer the Official Practice Test for the GED exam.  It takes 4-5 hours and covers math, reading comprehension, grammar and essay writing, science, and social studies.  At the end of the exam, you will meet with a counselor who will go over your scores and recommend your next steps.

GED Exam Preparation

Three times per year (fall, winter/spring, summer), we offer classes to help students prepare for the GED Exam.  The class covers the major areas of the GED Exam (reading, writing, math, science, and social studies) as well as test-taking strategies and transition planning.


This is an online option to prepare for the GED Exam and is best suited for students who are independent learners, are self-motivated, and have regular access to the Internet.  Students interested in this option come to HCC to take math and reading assessments before being matched up with an instructor.  Classes start on a rolling basis throughout the year.

National External Diploma Program (NEDP)

The NEDP emphasizes what you have learned from life.  In this program, students earn a high school diploma by demonstrating full competency in 65 different life skills area.  Students meet weekly with an advisor and then work independently on tasks.  Interested students must be 18 or older, have a job skill, and meet math and reading assessment standards.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Students who do not receive qualifying scores for one of the above programs are encouraged to enroll in our ABE classes.  In these classes, we help you build your skills in reading, writing and math to prepare you for the high school preparation programs.  Classes are offered day and evening, both at HCC as well as at schools and community centers in the county.

Math Skills Review

This class is designed for students who need a review of math operations.  Topics may include a review of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, and geometry.  Day and evening classes are offered.



If you received accommodations when you were in the K-12 system, you may be eligible to receive them while in our programs.  Please contact Kim Bohnet, 443-518-4982, for more information.

Extra Help

We offer free tutoring and open lab sessions to all of our students enrolled in high school diploma and ABE programs.  Information on these options is provided by your instructor once you begin class.

Diploma Recognition Ceremony

Each November, we hold a ceremony recognizing all of our students who received their high school diploma that year.  It is a great opportunity for you to share your accomplishments with your friends and family.  Invitations are sent out each September.

Waitlist Process

High school diploma program classes start in September, January and June.  Late enrollments into these classes are not permitted.  We do, however, keep a waitlist of students who miss the regular registration session.  If we decide to offer an additional class, we contact those individuals on the waitlist.  To put your name on the waitlist, contact us at 443-518-4919.



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