Non-profit organizations interested in workforce development and adult education are encouraged to submit proposals to create adult high schools throughout Maryland, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said Monday.
The new Adult High School Pilot Program creates an alternative path for adults who didn't finish high school to earn a diploma in an environment conducive to adult learners. Students can also pursue post-secondary credits or industry-recognized certificates The program is a joint effort between the state's Department of Labor and Department of Education.
"A Maryland high school diploma is a vital credential for adults seeking to obtain and retain employment or enter postsecondary education or training," said Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. "This program strengthens our workforce and provides our workers with more opportunities for growth and advancement."
Program operators will offer academic services aligned with the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards for graduation requirements for public high schools. Adult students will also be provided training in in-demand industries and opportunities to enroll in post-secondary education classes.
Groups interested in submitting a proposal to the program must send forth their Notice of Intent to Apply by Sept. 19. Final proposals are due Jan. 11, 2019.