the Ostend Street Center and off-site, adult learners
can attend classes in
Basic Education (ABE), Pre-GED and GED instruction, or —
for beginning readers — weekly one-to-one tutoring
sessions. SBLC also provides
career counseling, and academic counseling, as well as
an opportunity to earn a high school diploma through the
External Diploma Program
This program, designed for
individuals with very basic reading skills, pairs a
learner with a trained volunteer so work on introductory
reading and writing skills at a level and pace best
suited to the learner’s needs.
Register for One-on-One
To qualify for these
classes, learners must be a resident of Baltimore, at
least 16 years of age and officially withdrawn from high
school for 6 months.
Classes are held during day and
evening hours, twice weekly for 3 hours a day, or five
days a week for 4 hours a day.
A semester is approximately 12
weeks. Classes are given during the fall, spring and
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
classes and Pre-GED classes are free. There may be fees
associated with GED classes for learners with 9th
grade and above reading level.
EXTERNAL DIPLOMA PROGRAM
The External Diploma Program
is a different way for qualified learners to earn a high
school diploma. It is uniquely suited to the needs
and experiences of adults by allowing
qualified applicants to demonstrate high school-level
skills by applying their skills in real-life situations.
Academic skills, including
writing, speaking, computation, problem-solving, reading
and critical thinking, are demonstrated by completing
real-life tasks such as searching for a new apartment.
In that process, one’s reading, writing, and math skills
are challenged by reviewing a lease, writing a letter of
complaint to the landlord and budgeting the rent from a
simulated monthly salary. The learner must also
demonstrate an entry-level job skill or home management
experience, either by successfully holding a job,
demonstrating performance or getting job training.
The EDP takes an average of 6
months to a year to complete. Each learner’s
individual skill level and availability will determine
how quickly the program is completed. Parts of the
program are done at home and other parts are completed
in a series of private office visits. All skills
eventually must be demonstrated with 100% competency,
but learning and/or relearning can take place at the
learner’s individual pace.
For more information
about EDP testing and fees, call 410-625-4215
A career counselor works with
GED learners and EDP clients to explore activities
including employment readiness, resume writing and
interviewing techniques. Career/college events
help learners make important choices for their futures.
Staff-led individual and group sessions assist learners
in determining their career goals.
To register or for
more information e-mail
or call 410.625.4215.
Basic Computer Literacy Class
SBLC’s Community Technology
Center offers a basic introductory class to the computer
and the internet. The class is usually given 6 times a
year. The classes are offered twice a week for two hours
during a six-week session. There is also a
computer lab with 18 computers equipped with Microsoft
applications and Internet access. It is open and
free to the public and for use by learners. Users also
have free access to a printer. Beginner level classes
provide an introduction to the computer and the
internet. Fees are based on a sliding scale.
register for computer classes
or call 410-625-4215.
Open Community Computer Lab Hours
Monday - 1pm to 5pm
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday - Closed
Thursday - 1pm to 5pm
Friday - Closed
Saturday - 12pm to 3pm
Mid September – Mid
Winter Mid January –
Spring Mid April – June
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