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Aspire - Learn More. Earn More.
OHIO'S NEW - ASPIRE PROGRAM
The Ohio Department of Higher Education's Aspire program, formerly known as the Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) program, helps build the skills they need to become employed or pursue higher education or training. Aspire serves Ohioans who have less than a 12th grade education or the equivalent and who are beyond age 18.
The Aspire program has been highly successful in Ohio for more than 50 years. Nonetheless, the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) believes the program needs greater outreach and a fresh appeal to adults’ desires for personal and professional success.
Progress in this area is critical not only to individual success, but also to the state’s economic vitality. Estimates are that 65 percent of the state’s workforce will require training certifications beyond a high school diploma by 2025.
Adult learners stand to benefit most from the job readiness that high school and vocational credentialing demonstrate to employers throughout the state.
The ABLE name was changed to Aspire to better reflect the modern realities of educational needs today. Adult educational programs in Ohio will carry the name Aspire and accompanying tag line, “Learn more. Earn more.”
Aspire is part of a statewide program that provides free instruction for adults who wish to improve their basic academic skills and/or prepare to take the GED (General Educational Development) tests, also known in Ohio as the Ohio High School Equivalence Diploma. Students study reading, math and language arts. There are also lessons in science, social studies, life skills, employability skills and basic computer skills.
Aspire classes are offered at the OhioMeansJobs - Athens County, 70 N. Plains Road, Suite C, The Plains and at Tri-County Career Center in Nelsonville.
The instruction is designed to proceed at a comfortable pace to best meet the needs of the student. We want our students to succeed, and we will do as much as possible to help you. All of the Aspire classes are offered free of charge.
Each spring, OhioMeansJobs – Athens County holds a Commencement Ceremony for all of the GED graduates from the previous 12 months. All students who have completed their GEDs are invited to attend with their family and friends.
For more information contact:
OhioMeansJobs - Athens County
70 North Plains Road, Suite C
The Plains, OH 45780
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Phone: 740-797-1405 Or Toll-Free: 1-877-351-0405
Tri-County Adult Career Center
15676 Ohio Rt. 691
Nelsonville, OH 45764
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
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