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Harford Community College is pleased to announce a new, improved process for prospective students to begin their Adult Basic Education, Pre-GED® and GED® classes. The College’s intent is to offer a more streamlined and student-oriented process that improves the onboarding experience. Students must make an appointment for their initial advisings, which are now mandatory and include two sessions over two consecutive days. This enables the College to ensure they are able to give students the time and attention necessary to accurately place them based on their appraisal and pre-test scores.

The other major enhancement is that registration and testing are now both computer-based, a much more time-efficient and effective process. Students will take reading and math appraisal tests that will enable advisors to give each student a skill level-appropriate pre-test in those subjects at the second session. This allows for accurate placement in classes appropriate to students’ skill levels and better targets their skill areas than in years past.

Students will also attend a presentation of soft skills, including talks on perseverance and “How to Succeed,” and are asked their goals relative to working toward their GEDs. To conclude their second advising session, students have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an advisor to get assistance with class placement and location/times that will work with their goals and their schedules.

According to Beth Johnson, Adult Basic Education Intake/Assessment Specialist, “The new intake and assessment process has enabled us to make the enrollment process more personalized. Students can choose how many classes they would like to take as well as where and when they want to take them. It has been a joy to spend time with the students and get to know what their goals and dreams are. The use of computerized assessment takes the intake and assessment process into the 21st century. Also, many students have said that they feel like the process is much more personal.”

Says student Ivy Matthews, “The perseverance presentation was inspiring. Learning what others have overcome was motivating. Also, everyone was so helpful; the process has been improved a lot."

Upcoming advising sessions are as follows for classes beginning January 21.

Mon. & Tues., November 4 & 5 
6:30 PM
Harford Community College, Darlington Hall, Rm. 129

Mon. & Tues., December 2 & 3
6:30 PM
Harford Community College, Edgewood Hall, Rm. 215

Tues. & Wed., January 7-8 
6:30 PM
Edgewood Public Library*, Rm. 136

Wed. & Thurs., January 8-9
10 AM
Edgewood Public Library*, Rm. 136

Mon. & Tues., January 13-14
6:30 PM
Harford Community College, Edgewood Hall, Rm. 215

*Edgewood Public Library - enter by the side door on Hanson Road

Classes run for 10 weeks. Both day and evening classes are available at the Harford Community College campus on Thomas Run Road, the Edgewood Branch of Harford County Public Library, and the Harford Community Action Agency. Each class meets two days or nights a week for 2 ½ hours. Two of the days/nights are math; and two of the days/nights are social studies, science, and reasoning through language arts. The first two levels, Adult Basic Education and Pre-GED® classes are free; the third, GED®, is $100. Classes use both traditional teaching methods as well as an online program that directly correlates to the GED® exam.

For more information about the program or future advising session dates, call 443-412-2616.


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