Since 1990, SBLC has been serving disadvantaged adults and young adults in Baltimore City. The organization started out as local neighborhood tutoring program with a $60,000 budget and now offers an array of services with a budget of close to $1.4 million. SBLC is a leader in providing adult literacy and career preparation services in Baltimore and in Maryland.
- 1998: SBLC embarked on a $1.75 million capital campaign to renovate a historic building for its permanent home.
- April 1999: SBLC assumed ownership of 28 East Ostend Street (original South Baltimore Police station build in 1892) after securing the removal of four liens incurred by the previous owner.
- 2001: SBLC moved to temporary quarters during the historical renovation process and established a Community Technology Center (CTC) offering basic computer classes and open computer lab hours.
- January 2003: returned to our new state-of-the-art learning center.
- FY 03-04: began to increase enrollment (50%) according to our strategic plan and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) asked SBLC to take over the operation of the National External Diploma Program for Baltimore City.
- End of FY 06: enrollment increased by over 100% to nearly 800 – partly due to the addition of several new offsite partner class sites.
- FY 10: SBLC grew to serve 1000 learners– increasing service 200% since moving into our renovated building.
- FY 14: SBLC begins to implement new programs and strategies to adapt to the significant changes to both the GED exam and National External Diploma Program (NEDP).
- FY 15: SBLC hires a new Executive Director to take the Center into its next chapter.