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Adult Education/ABLE — GED and ESOL

ABLE - Adult Basic and Literacy Education
GED - General Educational Development (high school equivalency diploma) 
ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages

Cincinnati Public Schools offers Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) programs, with free day and evening classes for adult learners. ABLE is part of the Ohio Board of Regents and the University System of Ohio. CPS' ABLE program, serving adults since the 1960s, receives funds as part of a collaborative partnership with Jewish Family Service, River City Correctional Center, Education Matters Center of East Price Hill and the YWCA.

ABLE logo - University System of Ohio Board of Regenst logoABLE's Mission:  To provide adults with educational opportunities to acquire the academic skills necessary to become more self-sufficient and participate more effectively as workers, family members and citizens. 

Who do we serve?  Adults age 18 and older who no longer are enrolled in K-12 educational programs and need to upgrade academic skills. (Children ages 16 and 17 may be served by ABLE, but they must be officially withdrawn from school.)

ABLE helps people:

  • Prepare for the GED test
  • Upgrade skills to prepare for college or other training programs
  • Develop or enhance skills to succeed in the workplace
  • Learn to speak English or improve English language skills

Where are classes offered?  ABLE sites are offered in partnership with community agencies and are located throughout the city of Cincinnati.  Classes are free and available year-round during the day and evening.  Some sites offer free child care during classes.

ABLE class sites include: 

  • CityLink Center
  • Community Action Agency
  • East End Learning Center
  • Education Matters Center, East Price Hill
  • Jewish Family Service (ESOL only)
  • Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
  • Queen City Vocational Center
  • St. Vincent de Paul, Winton Terrace
  • Urban League
  • YWCA

How do I enroll in ABLE classes?  Students enroll in ABLE by attending a New Student Intake class. The New Student Intake classes are three hours long and offered twice each week when Cincinnati Public Schools are in session. Participants must arrive on time and stay for the entire three hours. No pre-registration is needed.

ABLE New Student Intake Classes: 

  • When - Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays,  9 a.m. to noon  (when CPS schools are in session)
  • Where - Queen City Vocational Center, 425 Ezzard Charles Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45203

ABLE information:
Ph: (513) 363-6100

GED Preparation

GED (General Educational Development) offers a second chance to complete high school educations. Obtaining a GED-high school equivalency diploma will open doors to many opportunities in employment, and entry into technical schools and colleges.

The GED exam consists of four parts and takes about seven hours to complete. GED classes are designed to prepare adult students for the exam, including study of math, writing, social studies, science and literature. Instruction and materials are provided free to students.

Information on the GED exam

GED Test Voucher

The new Computer Based GED testing process began on January 1, 2014. The State of Ohio is making available to first-time test-takers vouchers worth $80, to help cover the $120 total cost. Cincinnati Public Schools is a Career-Technical Planning District eligible to issue these vouchers.

How to Claim a GED Voucher

Fast Track to College and Career Success

Academic Skills Review and Transitions classes are designed to assist students with college-entrance exams, pre-employment testing, NCRC (National Career Readiness Credential) preparation and /or career advancement. 

Course content will assist students to:

  • Upgrade academic skills
  • Identify and explore career interests
  • Gain better understanding of college and work culture
  • Enhance technology skills
  • Build confidence for successful futures

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

ESOL classes are available to assist adults who do not speak English as their native language. Group, individualized and computer-assisted instruction are available in:

  • Reading, writing and conversational English
  • American culture and traditions
  • Citizenship preparation  

How do I enroll in ESOL classes?  Call (513) 363-6100 for ESOL New Student Intake information.

For more information on CPS' ABLE program:
Ph: (513) 363-6100

Adult Education Resources:

Ohio Means Jobs
O*NET Career Pathways  — Helps adults discover their interests and skills, and how they relate to careers
Ohio Department of Education
Ohio Board of Regents

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