Adult Education

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FCC's Adult Education program is designed for adult education learners of all ages with math, reading, writing and English courses available. 
     • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
     • GED Test Preparation
     • National External Diploma Program (NEDP)
     • English as a Second Language

Attend a free orientation session to learn about our program, determine eligibility requirements and receive answers to frequently asked questions. View our current orientation schedules to the right for upcoming sessions.

Program Descriptions

Adult Basic Education & GED Test Preparation

Day and evening adult education classes are available for out-of-school individuals 16 years of age and older. Students develop real-life reading, math, writing, critical thinking and computer skills to become self-sufficient and productive at home, at work and in the community. Classes are offered at various levels to best fit the needs of our students.

Our GED® Preparation classes, available for out-of-school individuals 16 years of age and older, offer a review of writing, social studies, science, reading and math to prepare students for the GED® test. 
National External Diploma Program (NEDP)

Students in the NEDP program have an opportunity to earn a high school diploma based on acquired life skills. The program uses real-life situations to practice problem solving, critical thinking, speaking, writing and computation skills. applicants demonstrate these skills in an applied performance process. Available for out-of- school individuals 18 years of age and older, the program evaluates life skills through test completion and review during one-on-one appointments with trained assessors. Academic skills assessment includes reading, writing, math oral communications and use of resources.

Life skills assessment includes critical thinking, writing letters and resumes, comparison shopping, basic First Aid and workplace skills. This confidential, self-paced program takes approximately eight months to complete.

To learn more and determine eligibility for the program, attend an upcoming orientation session.

The Maryland State Department of Education issues Maryland State High School Diplomas to successful participants. This diploma is recognized by colleges and universities, though some colleges may require adults to meet additional admissions requirements. For additional information, visit National External Diploma Program.

English as a Second Language

Basic English
Basic - Free of charge for students with no or very little previous instruction, held on FCC’s campus. Provides basic skills for day-to-day functional English.

Targeted English Classes
Intermediate – Focuses on specific oral development, reading, writing and grammar use to transition student from Basic English to formal professional or Academic English. 

Academic English
High-intermediate or High-proficiency - Credit courses held on FCC's campus requiring tuition, fees and placement testing to prepare students for the rigor of degree programs and/or professional communication.

Important Orientation Information

  • Orientation is required. Interested students must attend an orientation prior to enrolling in any Adult Education courses.
  • Orientations are free of charge; there is no need to schedule an appointment and pre- registration is not necessary.
  • Registration is a two-part process: Part One is completed at orientation. Applicants are then scheduled to return to complete Part Two at a later date.
  • An applicant's family members and friends are welcome to attend an orientation to assist with Part One of the registration process.
  • Please do not bring children to orientation. Childcare is NOT AVAILABLE at any orientation at any time.
  • Space is limited at orientations; please arrive early to ensure a spot.

Orientation Locations


ABE/GED Prep/NEDP Orientation Sessions

FCC Main Campus
7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702
Campus Map

TransIT Bus #60, #61 or #80 - from FCC bus stop, walk past the library to Student Center (Bldg H) or Conference Center (Bldg E)

ESL Orientation Sessions

FCC Main Campus
7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702

The Monroe Center
200 Monroe Avenue, Frederick, MD 21701

Frederick High School 
650 Carroll Parkway, Frederick, MD 21701

Monocacy Middle School
8009 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD  21702

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Fall 2015


CE Spring Schedule

ABE, GED & External Diploma
ESL Orientation     
Summer 2015
CE Summer Schedule    


Contact Us

FCC Campus
A Building
Room A106
240. 629.7962