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

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.

State Goals

1. Provide services to additional adults
2. Ensure program accountability
3. Provide services in the area of Family Literacy
4. Provide workforce education services
5. Facilitate an ongoing Professional Development process
6. Facilitate interagency coordination and collaboration

Aspire Program

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
    • 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 
  • 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

Teachers

For more information, please call:  (330) 235-0020 or e-mail gauntnerla@mwood.cc

Traci Andrews ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Goodwill Site

Kara Bowman ASPIRE Instructor

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

Bev Crites Transition Counselor

Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center (other sites on request)

Lori Cantor ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Ohio Means Jobs

Miriam Frydrak Secretary

Office Location:
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:
ORC and Maplewood Career Center

Scott Lenthe ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
ORC and Maplewood Career Center

Glenn Reigelman ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center

David Shea ESOL/ASPIRE Instructor

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

Debra Tymcio ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center (evenings)

Allyson Westover ASPIRE Instructor

Class Location:
Maplewood Career Center

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