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Columbia MD, 21044
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Laurel, MD 20707
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Basic Skills for Adults

Work on basic math, reading, and writing skills to prepare for school, work, or life. 

You are in the right place, if you need:

  • A high school diploma
  • To qualify for college-level classes
  • A refresher in basic math, reading, or writing skills 
Below are programs and courses that are available. If you have questions, please call us at 443-518-4919.
  • Basic Skills Courses Information Sessions

    Are you curious about our Adult Basic Skills program? 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!

  • High School Diploma Programs (GED/NEDP)

    If you need to prepare for the GED exam in Howard County or earn your high school diploma, HCC can give you the skills you need. 

    View High School Diploma Programs

    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 is Thursday, September 6.
      • 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.

  • High School 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:

    • Monday, September 24, 9 a.m.
    • Tuesday, September 25, 5:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, September 27, 5:30 p.m.
    • Friday, September 28, 9 a.m.

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

    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

  • College Readiness

    If you have a high school diploma but need to improve basic skills in math, writing, or reading before taking college classes, we offer the following courses that can help you prepare. 



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