Two Harford Community College staff members were recognized at the 2019 Maryland Association for Adult, Community and Continuing Education (MAACCE) Conference held in Linthicum Heights, Maryland May 9 and 10. Rhonda Davis, Transition Specialist for the College’s Adult Development & Literacy programs, received the Leadership Award which recognizes a leader in the field of adult education who contributes significantly to local and/or regional/statewide programming. Rhonda is known for going above and beyond her job as Transition Specialist. She designed and instructs the Tools for Success program for the College’s pre-GED and GED students to help them gain the skills needed to succeed in the class and beyond. In 2017, she developed the program’s first Career Exploration workshop in which employers were invited to interview at-risk students and non-traditional students for potential jobs. Rhonda also works with students after they earn their GEDs by guiding them to continue their education or enter the workforce. She has helped countless students receive assistance from many of the College’s partners such as Susquehanna Workforce Network, Catholic Charities, and Harford Community Action Agency.

Jessie Thompson, Instructional Specialist for the College’s Adult Development & Literacy programs, received the Support Staff Award which recognizes support staff that demonstrate contributions to program activities that go above and beyond expectations and contribute significantly to the outcomes of the program. In her position, Jessie has designed and implemented innovative programming for the Adult Literacy program at HCC. She was instrumental in using a data-driven approach in launching the i-Pathways Hybrid GED Math program at the College which integrates technology with the curriculum to provide a learning platform that allows for individualized lessons. Other programs in the region have solicited her expertise in the blended learning model, and she is always willing to share best practices with colleagues throughout the state of Maryland.

MAACCE is a non-profit organization providing leadership in Maryland for those interested in advancing education as a lifelong process. MAACCE provides a central forum for a wide variety of adult, community and continuing education groups and encourages organizations and agencies in Maryland to cooperate in a broad spectrum of educational programs and activities in support of the lifelong learning concept, including adult education (pre-GED, GED, career development, and English as a Second Language). MAACCE hosts this conference annually for educators to share best practices in adult education.

For more information about Adult Literacy programs at Harford Community College, call 443-412-2115 or email