An estimated 79,000 Baltimore City adults do not have a high school diploma – enough to fill Ravens Stadium and nearly a quarter of Oriole Park. Still more lack the basic literacy skills necessary to succeed in life and work.
Baltimore’s literacy challenge has serious implications, not only for the individual whose opportunities are limited by a lack of education, but for that individual’s family and for the entire community. Without reading and math skills, adults are less employable, less civically engaged, and less involved with their children’s schooling.
For over 20 years, the Greater Homewood Adult Learning Center (ALC) has been serving the needs of the greater Baltimore area with quality, learner-centered instruction at no charge to adults ages 16-years old and older.
The Adult Learning Center offers programs in three critical areas:
- Adult Basic Education – instruction for individuals without a high-school diploma and those in need of basic skills training in reading, writing, and math
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) – English language instruction for non-native speakers
- Workforce Readiness – a range of services designed to help learners transition into employment or secondary education and training programs
In FY 2014, the ALC enrolled 564 learners in a total of 126 ABE and ESOL classes. For more information about the urgent need for adult education services and the Adult Learning Center’s accomplishments in meeting that need, please see the Fact Sheet below:
The Adult Learning Center is located at 3501 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. 21218. We are in the lower level of the University Baptist Church. Directions can be found here. Other class sites may also be available. Interested individuals should call us at (410) 261-3524 for more information.
This program is supported by grant funding from Maryland Literacy Works and the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.