How do I qualify to participate in programs through Maplewood’s evening Workforce Development program?

The following are the requirements for people seeking enrollment:

• 18+ to register for programs without parental consent.
• 17 or older – students enrolled in high Institution need approval from their Institution principals and parent/guardian to enroll where applicable – contact the Adult Education Director. *If a student is 18 but still enrolled in high Institution we will need approval from Institution*
• Submit a completed registration form along with full payment if program is less than
$200. Otherwise, payment plans will be accepted with 25 percent payment at time of registration.

The following are requirements for people seeking to enroll in Occupational Education Programs or Occupational Development Programs :

• Have a high Institution diploma or GED certificate (copy of which may be requested)
*High Institution students must present an approval letter and last report card showing satisfactory grades*
• We encourage those who need to improve basic skills to enroll in the Aspire Program.
• Undergo a background check (for applicable programs)
• Take a basic WorkKeys assessment test and attend a mandatory orientation.

How do I register for a program?

Visit our website at to begin your application or call 330.296.2892, ext. 551010 between the hours of 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday or between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Friday.  Have your credit card ready for program registration.

Does Maplewood’s Adult Education Department offer programs that reflect the needs of the community?

Yes.  Maplewood’s Adult Education Department offers a variety of programs that are updated or created based on feedback we get from residence, community employers, occupational advisory committees and through networking with Job and Family Services in an effort to identify in-demand careers.

When are programs held?

Program times vary.  For a full list of programs, visit our website at

How much do programs cost at Maplewood Career Center?

Prices vary. For a full list of program costs visit our website at

Is financial aid available?

At this time, Maplewood Career Center Adult Education does not offer Financial Aid through the Institution. However, students may be eligible if they contact the following agencies: Job & Family Services WIA and/or WIET programs, Veterans Affairs Benefits (VA) and through the Workforce Investment Act through Ohio Means Jobs. Payment plans are also available for those who qualify.  Adult Education also has scholarships available for certain programs so be sure to ask.

When are payments due for programs?

Students must pay in full when signing up for a program or make at least a 25 percent down payment on programs costing $200 or more to reserve a spot in the class. While the flexible staff has taken in new students in less time for certain programs, we prefer that registration, payment in full and/or down payments be received at least 10 days prior to the program start date. Maplewood accepts cash, check, Visa, MasterCard and/or Discover. Students may pay online, in person, over the phone or by mail. Companies/Agencies must make a payment ten days prior to the program start date if paying for a student as a Third Party.

Is Maplewood Career Center a nationally accredited program?

Maplewood Career Center became accredited December 2021 with Council on Occupational Education (COE).

Does Maplewood offer a GED/HSE/ASPIRE (formerly ABLE)/ESOL programs?

Yes.  Maplewood’s ASPIRE program provides adult workforce readiness education for persons 16 years of age and over who are out of school by: increasing basic education skills, offering high school equivalency test prep (GED/HSE), preparing for certification testing, increasing employability skills, learning English as a second language, or organizing to enter post secondary education. Our ASPIRE programs serve several locations in Portage County in the morning, afternoon, and evening with materials and programs free-of-charge. Aspire also welcomes volunteer tutors.

Adult Diploma Program – This program is new and an option to receiving your GED.   You simply take an assessment and join one of the following classes: 

We offer the following Adult Diploma Programs:

  • Administrative Professional
  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Assisting
  • Precision Machining
  • Medical Coding & Billing
  • Module Welding

Earn your GED/High School Diploma while becoming certified in one of the above classes.   Details (330) 296-2892, Ext. 551011.

Does Maplewood offer a senior citizens discount?

People 60 years of age or older qualify for a 10 percent discount on all programs (Max $200). An ID is required at time of registration to receive this discount.