Self - Sufficiency

Education Services
  • Adult Education - Educational services include GED classes, FLEX (Flexible High School) classes and English Language Learner (ELL) classes.

    The GED program uses PLATO computer software, GED Test Preparation books and tutoring to assist students in preparing for the GED test.

    Family Partnership (FP) serves as a daytime satellite location for Frederick County Public School's Flexible (Evening) High School. Students wishing to attend FLEX at FP must complete an orientation at FP and register through the Flexible Evening High School Office in Walkersville.

    English Language Learners classes are available for individuals who want to improve their skills; speaking, writing, listening and reading in English.
  • Family Literacy - Family literacy activities, which are held at least once a month, provide literacy rich parent/child interactions and offer parents opportunities to learn ways to support their child's emerging literacy.
  • Assessment and Testing for the Adult Education Programs - Every participant, when enrolled in adult education, takes an assessment using the CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System) to assess grade levels and academic skills. The CASAS is periodically re-administered after every 40 hours of instruction to document grade gains and academic achievements. PLATO Fastrack is also used as an additional assessment and placement tool. The GED 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.

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.