The Adult Education Program

Adult Basic Education

The Adult Education ProgramFCC offers daytime and evening adult education classes in Frederick County for out-of-school individuals who are at least 16 years old. We help learners develop real-life reading, math, writing, critical thinking, and computer skills to support self-sufficiency and productivity as workers, family members, and citizens.

We offer classes at different levels so each student can get instruction that meets his/her needs. Most classes are free, but you must first attend a free 3-hour orientation. At the orientation, you will be tested to determine which class is right for you.

Literacy Level

This level will teach you to:

  • Build beginning reading skills.
  • Write basic sentences and fill out a personal information form.
  • Learn to read and write numbers and money amounts, tell time, read a calendar, add and subtract two digit numbers.

Beginning Level

This level will teach you to:

  • Read to find the main idea and details in a simple story.
  • Write a friendly letter with correct capitalization and punctuation.
  • Multiply, divide and solve word problems using whole numbers.
  • Read charts, graphs, diagrams, and tables.

Intermediate Level

This level will teach you to:

  • Handle reading, writing, and computational tasks related to life roles:
  • medical forms
  •  order forms
  •  job applications
  • employee manuals
  • bank statements.
  • Develop reading strategies.
  • Write a simple paragraph with main idea and supporting details.

Pre-GED®/External Diploma Level

This level will teach you to:

  • Comprehend a variety of materials such as periodicals and non-technical journals on common topics.
  • Write paragraphs that include complex sentences.
  • Perform all four basic math operations with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.

GED®/External Diploma Level

This level will teach you to:

  • Comprehend, analyze, and explain information from a variety of literary works and documents.
  • Apply principles of algebra and geometry,
  • Compose multi-paragraph essays with clearly expressed ideas supported by relevant detail.  
  • Learn test-taking strategies. 

Upcoming Orientation Dates:

Adult Basic Ed/GED®/External Diploma Program:

(Late Spring sessions classes begin May 2014)

ABE/GED Daytime Orientations - FCC's Main Campus
Conference Center/Bldg E, Rm E124 at 9:00 AM

(*note different location)
Thursday, March 20
Monday, March 24
Thursday, April 3
Tuesday, April 15 *H202

ABE/GED Evening Orientations - FCC's Main Campus
Conference Center/Bldg E, Rm E124 at 6:30 PM

(*note different location)
Wednesday, March 19
Monday, March 24
Wednesday, April 2
Thursday, April 3
Tuesday, April 15 *H202
Wednesday, April 16 *H202

OFF SITE ORIENTATIONS (for classes at these locations):
Wednesday, March 5 - Brunswick Library, 5:30 pm
Monday, April 7 - Brunswick Library, 5:30 pm
Friday, March 7 - Business & Employment Center, 9:00 am
Friday, April 11- Business & Employment Center, 9:00 am
Tuesday, April 8 -Thurmont Library, 10:15 am
(please only pick one to attend)

Note: Please only attend off campus orientation, if you are interested in attending classes at that location.



  • Orientations are given in two parts. The dates for part one are listed above. The dates for part two will be given at the first session.
  • Weekday orientations will last approximately 2.5 hours.
  • Weekend (Sat.) orientations combines part 1 & 2 and may last up to 5 hours.
  • NO children are allowed at Orientations.
  • Space is limited by location. Please arrive early to ensure a spot.
  • There is no need to register for Orientations.

  • Locations

    FCC's Main Campus: 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD
    FCC's Monroe Building: 200 Monroe Ave, Frederick, MD
    Frederick High School: 650 Carroll Parkway, Frederick, MD 21701
    Thurmont Regional Library: 76 East Moser Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788
    Frederick's Business and Employment Center: 5340 Spectrum Dr, Suite A, Frederick MD
    Mount St Mary's University: 16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd, Emmitsburg MD 21727
    Frederick Rescue Mission: 419 W South St, Frederick, MD 21701
    Brunswick Library: 915 North Maple Ave, Brunswick, MD 21716
    Monocacy Middle School: 8009 Opossumtown Pike (Across from FCC), Frederick, MD 21702
    The Bernard Brown Community Center, 629 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701

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