Aspire - Ohio's Adult Basic Literacy Education Program


Learn More, Earn More

Flexible Learning without Fees

To get a good job today, you need basic academic and workforce skills, and access to affordable, high-quality higher education options. Aspire is more than a high school diploma, equivalency, or GED®, it is access to confidence-building skills to help you excel in the workplace and position yourself to meet your personal and professional goals.

Through Aspire, you can:

  • Improve your reading, math, writing, and English
  • Prepare for the GED®
  • Prepare for college or an adult education program
  • Learn to speak and write English more effectively

 Aspire will prepare you to meet your next goal, whether you are seeking your high school diploma, equivalency, or GED®, U.S. citizenship, English proficiency, future educational opportunities, or better job skills. 

The best part? It’s FREE.

 Aspire classes are free to anyone 18 and older. Sixteen- and 17-year-old students must be officially withdrawn from school.

Aspire: Learn More. Earn More. Prepare for success in post-secondary education, training, and employment in Ohio at the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center.


On April 17, 2017, the Ohio Department of Higher Education announced that the ABLE Program is changing its name to Aspire.

The ABLE Program stays the same... only the name has changed.

Aspire/ABLE Local Practice Centers Aspire Workforce Educational Opportunities

Call (419) 289-3313 if you have any questions or would like more information about Aspire.

Aspire, Ohio's FREE services for post-secondary education, training, and employment, including GED preparation.

Aspire Learning Environment

  • Informal - classes are flexible and informal, not your traditional classroom design
  • Individualized - learn what you need to know, at your own level, to meet your own needs
  • Solo or Group Learning - study alone or with others; your classes will include group learning, tutoring and computer skills
  • Self-directed - participate in just one or a combination of services based on your own personal goals
  • Helpful - receive guidance and instruction from teachers who are there to help you with your studies

Aspire/GED® Learning Centers

Aspire is conveniently offered at several sites throughout Ashland, Loudonville, Millersburg, and Savannah:


Ashland Professional Building

Corner of 34 W. Second and 221 Church St.
Ashland, Ohio 44805
Tues, Thurs 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Steve Burns  419-289-3002
Start Date:  Summer Hours

Ashland Salvation Army Kroc Center

527 East Liberty Street
Ashland, Ohio 44805
Tues., Wed., Thurs.  5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Steve Burns  419 289-3002
Start Date:  Summer Hours

Christian Community Center

807 Valley View Drive
Loudonville, Ohio 44842
Mon., Wed.  10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Larry Rogers  419 606-0109
Start Date:  Summer Hours

Gateway Fellowship Love Center

1291 Massillon Rd. #A
Millersburg, Ohio 44654
Tuesday & Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday & Thursday 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Larry Rogers  419 994-0607
Start Date: Summer Hours


Mission to Amish People (MAP) at Bethel Baptist Church

575 US Rt. 250 (behind Bethel Baptist)
Savannah, Ohio  44874
Tuesday & Thursday  6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Rachel Arnold 419 606-6295
Start Date:  Summer Hours

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