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College National External Diploma Program to Become Online-Based

Release Date: 6/11/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College
410-386-8411

Carroll Community College National External Diploma Program to Become Online-Based

Westminster, Md., --Adults earning a high school diploma in Maryland will find a few changes heading their way. One change coming soon is that the National External Diploma Program (NEDP), offered in Maryland as an alternative to taking the GED tests, will become web-based in July.

Director of Adult Education Programs Becki Maurio said, “The changes are exciting and bring this excellent diploma option into the 21st century. Graduates will be equipped with the skills they need to succeed at work and in further education and training. The online format also provides clients with the ability to complete their work on the go – an important option for many busy adults.”

The NEDP is a performance-based assessment program that awards a traditional high school diploma to adults 18 years old and older. Adults show that they can master seventy academic and life skill competencies. All of this work used to be accomplished using pencil and paper, with clients building a portfolio of work in a 3-ring binder. Now, all of the work is presented online, and the “portfolio” lives on the internet in the web-based program.

Robin Kujan, Coordinator of NEDP at Carroll Community College Adult Education Programs, said, “We’ve been preparing for this change over the past year. Some clients have piloted parts of the new program and found it challenging but worthwhile because they are using their technology skills, and they like the new, updated topics. They appreciate that the skills they are learning are relevant and that these skills will help them in the future.”

Clients in the NEDP still have weekly meetings with an assessor, and the program is still self-paced. The following unique features that make NEDP an effective choice for individuals who prefer an alternative to classroom-based instructional and testing programs are still part of the NEDP:

  • Allows flexibility to work at one’s own pace without timing restrictions
  • Provides multiple opportunities to demonstrate competencies
  • Focuses on “hands-on” approach with content relevant to everyday life
  • Includes one-on-one meetings with a trained NEDP Assessor
  • Promotes self-directed learning and active participation
  • Prepares students for transition to postsecondary education, employment, and career advancement.

Ronald Deavers, a current client in NEDP, piloted an online section of the new program. He said, “It has helped me a great deal to use programs that I had never used before. The tutorials helped me learn a lot more about my compute and it has been very interesting. It has also given me a lot more confidence in using a computer that I didn’t have before. I think I would like to have done the whole program on the computer as compared to the books.”

Orientation sessions for the National External Diploma Program will be held in June. For more information, please contact the Adult Education Program at 410.386.2550 or edp@carrollcc.edu.

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Note to the Media: For best response to inquiries, please call Sylvia Blair at 410-386-8411 or e-mail sblair@carrollcc.edu.

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