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Columbia MD, 21044
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Laurel, MD 20707
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High School Diploma Programs

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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 program 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.

    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    • Officially withdrawn from high school 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™), view details.

  • 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.

    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)

  • 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. 

    Information sessions are held every two weeks, with both morning and evening sessions.  See dates and times below.

    Morning Information Sessions:             

    • Wednesday, May 3, 10 a.m.
    • Thursday, June 1, 10 a.m.

    Evening Information Sessions:

    • Tuesday, May 23, 7 p.m.
    • Monday, June 19, 7 p.m.

    Location: 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 to reserve your seat. We’re looking forward to meeting you!


Register for Summer Classes

Summer classes will run June 12-July 24. To make an appointment, call 443-518-4919. The final date to make an appointment is Monday, June 5.

Walk-In Registration
Appointments are recommended. However, there is one opportunity for walk-in registration.

Wednesday, May 31, 5:30 p.m.
Hickory Ridge Building

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



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