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High School Diploma Programs

students after graduation

Get the skills you need to earn your high school diploma.

Howard Community College can give you the skills you need.

  • Learn with other adults.
  • Get help with reading, writing and math at a level that best fits your needs.
  • Gain important computer skills.

Click on the options below to find out more information.

  • GED Testing Preparation

    How does it work?

    Successfully pass all four GED exams: 

    1. Reasoning Through Language Arts
    2. Mathematical Reasoning 
    3. Science
    4. Social Studies

    Credential Earned: Maryland High School Diploma

    This option is best for a student who:

    • Prefers classroom instruction
    • Has strong timed test-taking skills
    Preparation Courses and Costs
    • Basic and Intermediate Math $50
    • Advanced Math $100
    • Intermediate Language Arts $50
    • Advanced Language Arts $100

    For more information: Please call 443-518-4919.

    Requirements
    To schedule the GED exams, you must be: 
    • 17 years or older
    • Officially withdrawn from high school 

    Diploma Costs: $11.25 per subject exam ($45 total)

    If you're interested in taking the official GED practice test (GED Ready™), Click Here to view details on GED Exam Review and GED Exam Preparation.

  • National External Diploma Program (NEDP)
    How does it work?
    Successfully create an electronic portfolio. Use the experience gained from  work and life to show high school level skills while completing:
    • Online tasks
    • One-on-one, in-person assessments

    Complete in six to 12 months after qualifying.

    Credential Earned: Maryland High School Diploma

    This option is best for a student who:

    • Is self-motivated
    • Has strong technology skills
    Preparation Courses and Costs
    • EDP Preparation Course $50

    For more information: Please call 443-518-4747.

    Requirements
    To participate in NEDP, you must be:
    • 18 years or older
    • Currently or recently employed
    • Able to pass a reading, math, and writing assessment

    Diploma Costs: $200 (includes $180 in fees)

  • Reading and Writing Courses
    Adult Basic Education

    Receive life skills-based instruction in reading, writing, and math. Free tuition; $50 resource fee.

    Basic Language Arts

    Build your foundational reading and writing skills. Free tuition; $50 resource fee.

    Intermediate Language Arts

    Build your critical reading and writing skills. Free tuition; $50 resource fee.

    Advanced Language Arts

    If you are preparing for the GEDR Test-Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA), Science, and Social Studies, this course can help you learn how to analyze and interpret context- based texts as well as construct evidence-based writing. $100 tuition (includes $90 in fees).

  • Science and Social Studies Courses
    Reading for Science
    If you are preparing for the GED® Test–Science, this course can help you learn how to analyze and interpret context-based texts. Free tuition; $50 resource fee.
    Reading for Social Studies

    If you are preparing for the GED® Test–Social Studies, this course can help you learn how to analyze and interpret context-based texts. Free tuition; $50 resource fee.

    GED Science Foundations

    This continuing education course is primarily designed for ESL students to improve their English reading, writing, and vocabulary skills, as well as the scientific knowledge needed to transition into further GED preparation courses. $50 materials fee.

    GED U.S. History and Government Foundations

    This continuing education course is primarily designed for ESL students to improve their English reading, writing, and vocabulary skills, as well as the historical knowledge needed to transition into further GED preparation courses. $50 materials fee.

  • Math Courses
    Basic Math

    Study basic whole number operations and money. Free tuition; $50 resource fee.

    GED Math for ESL A & B

    Explore and learn math vocabulary needed to begin preparing for the GED. Topics include whole number operations, decimals, fractions, percentages, and word problems. $50 materials fee.

    Intermediate Math

    Discover fractions, decimals, percent, ratio, proportion, data analysis, and measurement. Free tuition; $50 resource fee.

    Intermediate II Math

    Explore signed numbers, one- and two-step equations, angles, triangles, Pythagorean Relationship, and solid geometry. Free tuition; $50 resource fee.

    Advanced Math

    If you are getting ready for the GED® Test-Mathematical Reasoning or if you have other educational goals, this course will provide instruction in algebra and geometry. $100 tuition (includes $90 in fees).

    Extended Math for GED®
    Reinforce the mathematical skills needed for success on the GED® Test–Mathematical Reasoning. Free tuition; $50 resource fee.
  • High School Diploma Programs in North Laurel

    Do you live or work in North Laurel? If so, you may want to attend a fall information/registration session to learn more about HCC’s high school diploma programs held in North Laurel.

    These sessions are held at the North Laurel Community Center located at 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD 20723.

    Students must be prompt. You must be 18 and officially withdrawn from high school. 

    For more information on registration and class meeting times for ABE/GED classes in North Laurel, call or text 443-718-0103 or email northlaurelged@howardcc.edu.

  • Information Sessions

    Are you curious about our high school diploma programs? Not quite ready to commit?  Visit our main campus in Columbia to find out more about our program and ask questions in a relaxed setting.

    • Learn about our program and classes
    • See our classrooms
    • Hear about our personalized registration and counseling process. 

    In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions about our high school completion programs, as well as our math and language arts classes. 

    Future Information Sessions will be announced in this space:             

    ​All information sessions are held in the Hickory Ridge Building on HCC’s main campus in Columbia. View HCC’s campus map for more information.

    Call Michele at 443-518-4919 for information. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

 

ORIENTATION, PLACEMENT TESTING and REGISTRATION

Ready to Register for Classes?
Fall classes will run September 17 through December 11, 2018. To make an appointment, call 443-518-4919. 

Orientation, Placement Testing and Registration
All registration sessions listed below will be held in the Hickory Ridge Building on HCC's main campus. Appointments are recommended. 

The final date to make an appointment in MAY is Wednesday, May 9.
  • Wednesday, September 5, 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, September
6, 5:30 p.m.
 • Monday, September
10, 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, September
11, 5:30 p.m.

If you choose this option, be prepared to stay for at least five hours and bring payment ($50-$100) for class. If you have accommodations for testing, please bring documentation to registration.

Visit our website anytime for up-to-date program and course information: howardcc.edu/abe


 

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