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.


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 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 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) – Temporarily Closed
  • 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


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.


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 or afternoon to fit your schedule.  Call for details!


Work on your GED/HSE or learn basic English skills (ESOL) while working towards a certification in customer service or Servsafe.   Prepare for the workforce with basic vocabulary, math related to work, interview skills, a new resume/cover letter, and a certification to show that you are a step above other candidates.   Call to reserve a seat in this new class.


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


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

David Shea
ASPIRE Coordinator

Office Staff:

Donna Bowers
Aspire Secretary/Data Entry

Jen Lee
Aspire Secretary

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