Aspire - Learn More. Earn More.

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 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 free of charge 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 that best meets the needs of the student. We want our students to succeed, and we welcome the opportunity to assist in your educational goals.  

Our most recent community Aspire partner is Ohio University's , Patton College for Education, and by extension the Patton's Stevens Literacy Center. This center's mission is to promote reading and literacy across all age groups.   

Ohio University
partners with local businesses to offer apprenticeships for Aspire participants. If someone with a GED or high school equivalency wants to continue their education, the Patton's Stevens Center also assists adults attain grants/scholarships to eventually attend Ohio University, Hocking College or any other higher education institution.
(Top Officials Witness First Grant-Funded Literacy Class, OU becomes first Ohio University to receive Aspire grant for free adult-literacy classes -  Athens News, by Kayla Beard, Nov 4, 2018)

These are just some of the ways Aspire can provide assistance.   We are utilizing networking and partnerships from around Southeast Ohio to make a deep impact in giving educational and work opportunities to all Athens County residents.

The highlight of the Aspire program comes each spring through the 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.

Aspire is just the beginning of a great future, to "Learn more. Earn more."

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. 
Phone: 740-753-5464 



 Additional helpful links to Adult Literacy sites:

      Ohio Aspire programs

      Information on GED programs in Ohio

      GED testing sites in Ohio

      Ohio Literacy Resource Center

      Ohio Department of Education GED information