Horizon Goodwill to Partner with Allegany College of Maryland for Complimentary GED Classes

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Goodwill continues to partner with colleges in their service area to help provide adult GED classes.

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“Obtaining a GED, can expand your employment opportunities, increase your wages or allow you to go on to college,” says Catharine Fleming, Chief Mission Officer for Horizon Goodwill Industries.

Horizon Goodwill is partnering with the Allegany College of Maryland to offer adult basic education and GED classes. “Passing the GED, or the General Educational Development examination, is becoming more and more important. It can expand your employment opportunities, increase your wages or allow you to go on to college,” says Catharine Fleming, Chief Mission Officer for Horizon Goodwill Industries.

The collaboration, part of the Adult Basic Education Program in Cumberland, Maryland will offer help to people who want to get a high school diploma or high school equivalent skills. Orientation for the class starts on Wednesday, August 24th, however, adults can enroll on any day the classes are offered. The program runs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 to noon. Subsidiary programs offered through Allegany College of Maryland are Adult Basic Education classes, GED preparation, National External Diploma Program (NEDP), Family Literacy classes, and Essential Workplace classes.

The Adult Basic Education program helps around 300 people each year. “The average class size is about 5-10 people, and classes will take place throughout Allegany County. The program length will depend on their educational background and commitment to earning their diploma,” says Fleming. A potential student should head to, 12000 Upper Potomac Industrial Park, Cumberland Maryland for orientation on Monday.

“The classes are complimentary.” says Fleming. The classes are already proving to be a success for thirty-six people who enrolled earlier this year in the GED program offered by Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) at Horizon Goodwill’s Winchester, VA location. Fleming added, "The other benefit is in the state of Maryland, an individual who completes the GED tests or the NEDP program receives a Maryland High School diploma. This diploma is the same a student graduating from the public school system would earn."

The Adult Basic Education program is grant funded through the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation and administered locally by Allegany College of Maryland Continuing Education. There are some small fees for books and final testing.

Goodwill has been rated #1 above the worldwide brands Amazon and Google for the Brand World Value Rankings for 2016. Horizon Goodwill Industries, whose mission is “Removing Barriers, Creating Opportunities,” is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all people have access to employment despite significant obstacles. Horizon Goodwill serves over 5,000 clients annually in a 17 county region that includes parts of the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. For more information, please call 301-784-5445 or visit http://www.horizongoodwill.org.

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