HCC Receives Grant for Adult Literacy Programs from Maryland Department of Labor
The Maryland Department of Labor’s Adult Education and Literacy Services division recently awarded a $450,563 grant to Harford Community College to fund the College’s Adult Literacy program that includes English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, Adult Basic Education (ABE), Pre-GED® and GED® classes, and classes taught at the Harford County Detention Center.
Harford’s Adult Literacy program is an integral part of the College’s Community Education, Business and Applied Technology (CEBAT) division, providing instruction and services in basic numeracy and literacy skills, English language acquisition, digital literacy, English literacy and civics, workforce preparation, career pathways, integrated education and training, and high school equivalency classes for adult residents (18 years of age and older) in Harford County.
This program allows students to enroll in classes that teach foreign-born adults 18 years of age or older to improve their English communication skills as well as enhance the reading, writing and math skills of students who did not complete high school. GED® classes prepare students to take the official examination and earn a Maryland high school diploma and increase readiness for work or job placement and advancement.
This grant will allow Harford Community College to teach 26 Adult Basic Education/Literacy and ESL courses with a maximum number of 495 students.