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Adult Education/Aspire — GED and ESOL

Aspire ... Learn More. Earn More. - Adult basic and literacy education
GED - General Educational Development (high school equivalency diploma) 
ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages

Cincinnati Public Schools offers Aspire, an adult basic and literacy education programs, with free day and evening classes for adult learners. Aspire is part of the Ohio Board of Regents and the University System of Ohio. CPS' Aspire program (formerly called ABLE), serving adults since the 1960s, receives funds as part of a collaborative partnership with River City Correctional Center, Education Matters Centers and the YWCA.

Aspire'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 (Children ages 16 and 17 may be served by Aspire, but they must be officially withdrawn from school.)

Aspire 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?  Aspire 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.

Aspire class sites include: 

  • CityLink Center
  • East End Learning Center
  • Education Matters Center - East Price Hill and Lower Price Hill
  • Madisonville Education and Assistance Center
  • Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
  • Queen City Vocational Center
  • St. Vincent de Paul, Winton Terrace
  • Urban League
  • YWCA

How do I enroll in Aspire classes?  Students enroll in Aspire 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.

Aspire 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

Aspire information:
Ph: (513) 363-6100
Email:  Aspire@cps-k12.org

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

Ohio uses a computer-based GED testing process. The state gives 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' Aspire program:
Ph: (513) 363-6100
Email:  Aspire@cps-k12.org

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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