Self - Sufficiency

Education Services

  • Adult Education - Educational services include GED classes, FCPS Virtual classes and English as a Second Language Learner (ESL) classes.

    The GED and ESL education classes are offered at Family Partnership through Frederick Community College's Adult Education Program. Participants must be at least 18 years old to register for these classes.

    Limited educational services may be available at Family Partnership for youth under 18 years old if they have been officially withdrawn from school.

    The GED program uses instruction, GED Academy, GED Test preparation books, and tutoring to assist participants in preparing for the GED test.

Family Partnership serves as a daytime satellite location for FCPS Virtual School.  Students wishing to participate in Virtual School at Family Partnership must complete an orientation at Family Partnership and register for classes at the FCPS Virtual School Office.

ESL Classes are available for individuals who want to improve their skills in speaking, writing, listening, and reading English.  Participants receive ESL instruction as well as the ability to work on Rosetta Stone (on-line computer program).

Every participant enrolled into the FCC Adult Education program at Family Partnership will take an assessment to assess grade levels and academic skills.  The assessment is periodically re-administered to document grade gains and academic achievements. The GED Official Practice Test is administered to all GED students prior to taking the official test.  The practice test serves as an indication of student readiness and validates the progress of the student. 

  • Family Literacy - Family literacy activities, which occur daily, provide literacy rich parent/child interactions and offer parents opportunities to learn ways to support their child's emerging literacy.

Employability Services

Employability services are designed to assist the participant to build job and work readiness skills, to find and maintain employment and to create and complete a career goal plan.

Employability Services include:
  • Career Exploration – Participants are assisted, through the use of various assessment tools and goal setting meetings, to identify their interests, values, and skills as they relate to career areas and the world of work.
  • Job Readiness – Participants are provided learning opportunities to enhance interpersonal skills related to securing and maintaining employment such as the ability to cope with anger and conflict, time management, stress management, working as a team member, effective communication skills, and selecting quality child care.
  • Job Search Skills – Program activities provide assistance with the development of specific competencies in the areas of seeking and gaining employment:completing a job application, writing a resume, mock interviews, and cover/thank you letter writing.
  • Job Retention Support – Services for participants who are currently working to support the continuation of successful employment.
  • Computer Literacy -Participants are provided learning opportunities to enhance computer literacy. The Computer Lab is equipped with "Type To Learn" software to improve keyboarding skills. The lab is equipped to help participants to understand how Microsoft Office is used and instruction is available to learn Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint one-on-one and with software programming. The Oxford Picture Dictionary is also available to improve English language comprehension.
  • Other Services – Information about referrals to specialized community services related to employment.

Certificates of Completion are awarded when specific activities are completed.