The Adult Education Program

External Diploma Program (EDP)

With the External Diploma Program (EDP) you can earn your high school diploma based on your life skills and not just on book knowledge. The program uses real-life situations to practice problem solving, critical thinking, speaking, writing and computation skills.  

Some examples include:

  • reading a map
  • writing a letter to a potential employer
  • calculating loan interest
  • practicing comparison shopping
  • performing trade or occupational skills
  • demonstrating home management

In this self-paced program, you meet with an advisor weekly to discuss your progress and get assignments. The program takes approximately six to ten months to complete.

After earning your diploma, we recognize your achievement at an annual ceremony where family and friends celebrate your success, and county and college officials offer their congratulations.

To enroll, you must be at least 18 and attend a mandatory orientation session.  At the orientation session, you will be tested to see which level class is right for you. 

Upcoming Orientation Dates:

Adult Basic Ed/GED®/External Diploma Program:

(Late Spring sessions classes begin May 2014)


*Please tell the Intake Specialist at orientation that you
are interested in EDP.

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


  • 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.


    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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