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

Maplewood Career Center’s Aspire Program guides 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  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 Transistions 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:

  • Catholic Charities/Ravenna  – afternoon classes
  • 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 – morning 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, afternoon, and evening classes in Kent & Streetsboro


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!


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:

Kara Bowman
ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Catholic Charities Site, Maplewood Career Center, Opportunity Resource Center

Lori Cantor
ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Ohio Means Jobs

Miriam Steely
Aspire Secretary

Office Location:
Maplewood Career Center

Laure Gauntner
ASPIRE Coordinator

Office Location:
Maplewood Career Center

Melissa Hastings-Lawhorn
ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center

Scott Lenthe
ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Opportunity Resource Center and Maplewood Career

Kelly O’Brien
ESOL/ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Viking Manufacturing in Streetsboro and Maplewood Career Center

Glenn Reigelman
ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center

David Shea
Transitions Counselor

Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center, Opportunity Resource Center, Ohio Means Jobs

Kelly Vinson
ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center

Allyson Westover
ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center and PCJ

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