Aspire - Learn More. Earn More.

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The Ohio Department of Higher Education's Aspire program helps build the skills adult learners 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 16. 

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.

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. Adult learners study reading, math and language arts. There are also lessons in science, social studies, life skills, employability skills and basic computer skills.

Aspire education in Athens County offers FREE instruction which can help you:  

  • Increase basic education skills (reading, writing, math, and problem solving)
  • Prepare for the High School Equivalence Test
  • Acquire credentialed certification and training
  • Increase employability skills

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Mission and Vision

The mission for Ohio Aspire is to provide high-quality basic educational services to assist adult learners in acquiring skills to be successful in postsecondary education/training and employment, earn a living wage, and be contributing members of society. The vision for Ohio Aspire is for Ohio to have a highly trained and educated workforce.

Adult Education 
Ohio’s ASPIRE programs provide FREE services through classes at flexible locations on different days and at various times to meet diverse needs. All adult learners are required to attend an orientation and complete an assessment to help determine the individual's educational needs and goals.
              Visit Ohio Adult Education program to enroll:  
           Ohio Aspire Student Portal (

 Programs offered both in person and online: 

  • GED preparation classes
  • Life skills, employability skills, and computer literacy
  • Workplace Education -- education services offered in collaboration with an employer to increase the productivity of the workforce
  • Corrections Education -- a partnership with jails, detention centers, community-based rehabilitation centers, or other similar institutions
  • Distance Education -- enhancing learning using technology
  • Job training and certification preparation classes


The instruction is designed to proceed at a comfortable pace that best meets the needs of YOU- the adult learner. We want our adult learners to succeed, and we welcome the opportunity to assist in your educational goals.  

The Ohio Department of Higher Education awarded Ohio University’s Patton College for Education Stevens Literacy Center a 3-year competitive grant to implement Aspire Adult Education classes in Athens and Hocking Counties. This center's mission is to promote reading and literacy across all age groups.   

Ohio University partners with local businesses to offer job shadowing opportunities in Integrated education and training programs.  New exciting partnerships between local businesses, social support agencies, and educational institutions across Southeast Ohio are working together to meet the needs of our Athens County residents and make a positive impact in our community.

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 adult learners who have completed their GEDs are invited to attend with their family and friends.


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

For more information contact: 

OhioMeansJobs - Athens County   
Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Phone:  740-797-1405 / Toll-Free:  1-877-351-0405



      Ohio Aspire programs 

      Information on GED programs in Ohio 

      GED testing sites in Ohio 

      Ohio Literacy Resource Center 

      Ohio Department of Education GED information