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Aspire, Adult Education 

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HSE  High School Equivalent 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 Department of Higher Education. CPS' Aspire program (formerly called ABLE), serving adults since the 1960s, receives state and federal funds as part of a collaborative partnership with River City Correctional Center and Education Matters Centers.

Aspire's Mission

To motivate, educate and prepare adults to develop the academic and essential skills necessary to become more effective leaders at home, work and in the community.  

Who do we serve?

Adults age 19 and older who no longer are enrolled in K-12 educational programs and need to upgrade academic skills. (Youth ages 16, 17 and 18 may be served by Aspire, but they must first be officially withdrawn from high school.)

Aspire helps people:

  • Prepare for the High School Equivalence Exam (HiSet and GED)
  • Upgrade academic skills to prepare for college or other training programs
  • Develop or enhance essential skills to succeed in the workplace
  • Learn to speak English or improve English language skills
  • Earn a post-secondary credential in Culinary, Construction, Phlebotomy or Medical Assistant.

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. Online study is available to individuals with access to reliable internet and compatible technology.

Aspire Locations 

  • CityLink Center
  • East End Adult Education Center
  • Education Matters Center — Lower Price Hill
  • Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
  • Queen City Vocational Center
  • The Healing Center

How do I enroll in Aspire classes? 

Enroll by attending a New Student Registration Session. New Student Registration Sessions 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. 

Aspire New Student Registration Sessions: 

  • When — Thursday at 5 p.m. or Friday at 9 a.m. or by appointment
  • Where — Queen City Vocational Center, 425 Ezzard Charles Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45203
  • To schedule an appointment, call (513) 363-6100

Aspire information

(513) 363-6100

HSE Preparation

HSE (High School Equivalence) offers a second chance to complete high school education. Obtaining an HSE will open doors to many opportunities in employment, and entry into technical schools and colleges.

The HSE exam consists of multiple parts and takes about seven hours to complete. HSE prep classes are designed to prepare adult students for the exam, including study of math, reading/writing, social studies and science. Instruction and materials are provided at no cost to students.

High School Equivalence Exams (HiSet and GED)

HSE Test Voucher

Ohio uses a computer-based and paper/pencil HSE testing process. The state gives first-time test-takers vouchers to off-set the cost of the exam. Cincinnati Public Schools is a Career-Technical Planning District and is therefore eligible to issue HSE vouchers.

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Integrated Education and Training

Contextualized skill upgrade is designed to provide practical and relevant knowledge, workforce readiness and workforce training. Participants engage in a wide range of academic experiences that build academic foundational, employability and occupational skills.

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
  • Occupational skills training to earn a post-secondary certification

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

(513) 363-6100

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