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Maplewood Career Center

ASPIRE Program                                                                

7075 St. Rt. 88 * Ravenna, Ohio 44266 * (330) 235-0020 *


Maplewood Career Center's Aspire Program offers basic skills in math, reading, English/language, life skills, computer literacy, Medical Readiness, Job Ready, GED/HSE, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and transitioning skills to enter post-secondary education, training, or trade.

To begin classes you must sign up for a three-day orientation by calling (330) 235-0020. The three-day orientation introduces you to the Aspire Program (formerly ABLE) where you will:

  • Register                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Take a brief assessment                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • Learn about our services:                                                           
  • Look at your Career Pathway  - Remember:  It's more than a GED/HSE!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Our Transistions Counselor/Advsior will discuss your next steps to determine what skills are needed to help you achieve your goals.   On day four, you actually enter the classroom and start your educational journey that will lead you to your career pathway.

All classes and materials are free-of-charge.  To accommodate your schedule the Aspire Program is open all year round with classes in the morning, afternoon, or evening. Learning centers are located throughout Portage County, include:

  • Catholic Charities/Ravenna  - afternoon classes
  • Maplewood Career Center/Ravenna - evening classes 
  • Goodwill/Ravenna – evening classes (on bus route)
  • Ohio Means Jobs - morning classes (on bus route)
  • Opportunity Resource Center on Cleveland Road/Ravenna - morning classes 
  • Streetsboro Community Center – morning classes
  • Windham Renaissance Family Center - morning/afternoon classes (on bus route)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) – morning, afternoon, and evening classes in Kent & Streetsboro

DISTANCE LEARNING – for the student interested in working from home on their computer or tablet. The adult student keeps in contact with a qualified teacher via e-mail and works on-line for a minimum of eight (8) hours per week. The student can also come into class on occasion with questions and can work one-on-one with an instructor.

JOB READY -  Update your resume and cover letter and complete up to three credentials in job readiness to add to add to your resume, practice with mock interview, learn about soft skills, and more.   You will walk into a job interview with confidence. This class is located at Ohio Means Jobs site in Ravenna and is held Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

MEDICAL READINESS - This 10-week class, preps an individual for the medical classroom.  Learn basic medical math, medical vocabulary, and soft skills.   This class is integrated with software that allows you to look at the field of interest.   You will also meet someone from the local hospital that will discuss potential positions in the medical field, how to pay for your education, and job shadowing.   Walk into the start of your medical classroom journey prepared.   This class is held on Tuesday and Thursday at Maplewood Career Center from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Call for the next date this class starts.

BASIC SKILLS - Brush up on your basic skills in English, reading, or math.  You can also earn your GED for free!   If you score a 155+ on your GED pre-test in any segment, we pay for your test.  After you earn your GED/HSE, we also have scholarships for post-secondary education, training, or trade through the Portage County Literacy Coalition.   If you want additional details, please ask! 

ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESOL) - Do you need to learn basic language skills, earn work on your citizenship exam, or work on your resume and learn how to apply for a job?    We have classes in the morning, afternoon or evening to fit your schedule.  Call for details!

TRANSITIONS COUNSELOR - Meet your Transitions Counselor at orientation to set goals and learn more about post-secondary education, training, trade, or employment. The Transitions Counselor provides information on how to research areas of interest, resumes and cover letter tips, filling out applications, and information on scholarships to achieve your goals.

For more information, please call:  (330) 235-0020 or e-mail

Traci Andrews

ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Goodwill Site
Kara Bowman ASPIRE Instructor Class Locations:
Catholic Charities Site
Maplewood Career Center
Opportunity Resource Center
Bev Crites Transitions Counselor Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center, other sites on request
Barbara Elam Administrative Assistant Office Location:
Maplewood Career Center
Lori Cantor & Jennifer Case ESOL/ASPIRE Instructor Class Locations:
Brady Lake/Kent; Kent United
Ohio Means Jobs
Miriam Frydrak Secretary Maplewood Career Center  
Laure Gauntner ASPIRE Coordinator Office Location:
Maplewood Career Center

Sarah Jones


ESOL/ASPIRE Instructor


Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center, Streetsboro, PCJ                    


Christine Klein ASPIRE Instructor Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center
Scott Lenthe ASPIRE Instructor Class Location:
ORC and Maplewood Career Center
Thomas Osborne ASPIRE
Class Locations:
Maplewood Career Center and Streetsboro
Glenn Reigelman ASPIRE Instructor Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center
David Shea ESOL/ASPIRE Instructor Class Locations:
Maplewood Career Center
Opportunity Resource Center, Ohio Means Jobs
Lynda Swan ASPIRE Instructor Class Location:
Allyson Westover ASPIRE Instructor Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center

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