ASPIRE

To provide quality leadership to ASPIRE Programs for the development, improvement, and expansion of lifelong learning opportunities for adults in their family, community, and work roles.

Vision Statement

Create and maintain the best system to deliver foundation skills to adults in Ohio.

Mission Statement

Helping adults in Portage County to choose a career pathway, which creates personal growth by refreshing basic skills, achieving an HSE, higher education, ESOL skills, or employment.

DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS we want to make sure all of our adult students are safe.  GED/HSE classes are taking place on-line with instructors and software that you can work on from home.    Don’t leave your education behind — work towards your GED/HSE during this time.  Call our offices today at (330) 235-0020 or email gauntnerla@mwood.cc  to register and start today!

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 Transitions Counselor 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:

  • Maplewood Career Center/Ravenna – evening classes
    • ASPIRE offices are located off of the parking lot on the left. The building is marked with an “A.” Come through the first set of silver doors. Our office is the first door on the right.
  • Goodwill/Ravenna – evening classes (on bus route)
  • Ohio Means Jobs – afternoon classes (on bus route)
  • Opportunity Resource Center on Cleveland Road/Ravenna – morning classes
  • Windham Renaissance Family Center – morning/afternoon classes (on bus route)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) – morning and afternoon classes in Kent, Ravenna, and online

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 four (4) hours per week. The student can also come into class on occasion with questions and can work one-on-one with an instructor.

MEDICAL READINESS

This class is held in two, 4-week sessions.   Learn basic medical math, medical vocabulary, and soft skills.   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.  You must complete Medical Reading Session #1 in order to attend Medical Readiness Session #2.  After this class, you can apply for an entry level medical position or be prepared to walk into the medical classroom with confidence.  Call for for class day and time.

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 or afternoon to fit your schedule.  Call for details!

WORK 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.

BASIC SKILLS

Brush up on your basic skills in English, reading, or math.  You can also earn your GED for free!

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 gauntnerla@mwood.cc

Laure Gauntner
ASPIRE Coordinator

Office Location:
Maplewood Career Center

Donna Bowers
Aspire Secretary/Data Entry

Office Location:
Maplewood Career Center

Jen Lee
Aspire Secretary

Office Location:
Maplewood Career Center

Kara Bowman
ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Windham Renaissance Family Center

Julia Bruce
ASPIRE/ESOL Instructor

Class Location:
Opportunity Resource Center/Viking/Ravenna Probation

Lori Cantor
ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center

Jen Case
ESOL/DE Instructor

Class Location:
Kent/Ravenna/Online

Taylor Ellsworth
ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center

Melissa Hastings-Lawhorn
DE/ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center/Online

Scott Lenthe
ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Opportunity Resource Center and Maplewood Career

Jennifer Lowers
ASPIRE/ESOL Instructor

Class Location:
Viking/Goodwill

Glenn Reigelman
ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center

David Shea
Transitions Counselor

Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center and Opportunity Resource Center

Allyson Westover
ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
PCJ and Maplewood Career Center

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