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OHIO Career Ready Campus

OHIO Career Ready Campus

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The OHIO Career Ready Campus provides FREE adult workforce and career development programs. These programs include adult basic education, GED®  preparation, workforce literacy, and workforce readiness, transition to post-secondary education, ESOL and civics education, and correctional education.

Courses offered through the OHIO Career Ready Campus are designed to provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge and expertise needed to successfully enter the workforce.


The Aspire Program at Ohio University

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Ohio University's Aspire program is funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and offers FREE instruction in Athens and Hocking Counties. The Aspire program provides high-quality basic educational services to assist adult learners in acquiring skills to be successful in postsecondary education, training, and employment. Our graduates earn a living wage, are contributing members of society, and are highly trained and educated when entering the workforce.  Programs offered both in-person and online at flexible locations on different days and at various times:

  • GED preparation classes
  • Life skills, employability skills, and computer literacy
  • Distance education -- enhancing learning using technology
  • Job training and certification preparation classes
  • Workplace education -- education services offered in collaboration with an employer to increase the productivity of the workforce
  • Correctional education -- a partnership with jails, detention centers, community-based rehabilitation centers, or other similar institutions

We are providing services in Athens and Hocking Counties and currently, courses are available at the following locations: 

  • Ohio University, Stevens Literacy Center, Patton Hall
  • Tri-County Career Center, 15676 St. Rt. 691, Nelsonville

All adult learners are required to attend an orientation where an assessment is given to help determine the individual's educational needs and goals. The instruction is designed to proceed at a comfortable pace that best meets the needs of the adult learner. We want our adult students to succeed, and we welcome the opportunity to assist in your educational goals. Aspire is just the beginning of a great future for you to "Learn more. Earn more."

Aspire Lab at Tri-County Career Center

The Aspire lab at Tri-C provides classes and individual instruction for adults who wish to improve their basic skills and/or prepare for the General Equivalence Diploma (GED) test, which can be taken at the Adult Center. The Aspire lab provides small group and individual instruction in the following areas: 

  • Basic math, reading, and writing skills
  • Adult Secondary Education/GED preparation
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Transition services - including employment and post-secondary
  • Life skills, employability skills, and computer literacy
  • Family Literacy - enriching the parental role of adult learners
  • Workplace Literacy - education services offered in collaboration with business, industry, government, and/or labor to increase the productivity of the workforce through improved literacy skills. 
  • Corrections Education - a partnership with a jail, detention center, community-based rehabilitation center, or other similar institutions
  • Distance Education

Aspire at Tri-C is FREE and open to the public

Aspire Lab Hours

Hours are by appointment only.

Monday  1:00 to 3:30pm

Wednesday  9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:30pm

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High School Equivalency (GED Preparation)

Estimates are that 65 percent of Ohio’s workforce will require training certifications beyond a high school diploma by 2025. Select this course if you want to improve your basic academic skills and/or prepare to take the GED (General Educational Development) tests, also known as the Ohio High School Equivalence Diploma. If you wish to increase your earning potential or want to pursue post-secondary education this is the right course for you. You will study reading, math and language arts. There are also lessons in science, social studies, life skills, employability skills and basic computer skills. We will help you gain career readiness skills that will make you successful in post-secondary education and the workforce.

Career Ready

Become career ready through training in adult basic education and occupational skills. Reading, writing, and math skills are embedded within our workforce training programs. Our courses also include resume building, writing cover letters, and mock interviews. This course will help you improve your oral and written communication skills as well as your reasoning skills. In addition, you can earn certifications that will help you land the job you desire. 

Childcare Ready

Earn the Child Development Associate Credential that establishes you as a professional who understands the principles of child development and learning. Course includes topics on planning a safe and healthy learning environment, advancing children's physical and intellectual development, supporting children's social and emotional development, and building productive relationships with families. The course also prepares you for managing an effective program operation, maintaining a commitment to professionalism, and observing and recording children’s behavior.

Healthcare Ready

Earn certification in CPR and First Aid while training for a position in nursing assistance, medical assisting technology, or phlebotomy. Courses will prepare you to take the State Tested Nursing Assistant certification exam administered through the Ohio Department of Health or the Phlebotomy Technician Certification exam through the National Healthcare Association.

Manufacturing Ready

Earn certifications in OSHA 10 and CPR/First Aid and learn industry-specific technical training based on recent needs assessments. Learn skills to become hirable in fields including machine operation, rework/production, logistics/distribution, and line assembly. This workplace education is offered exclusively in collaboration with local employers.

Office Ready

Learn computer skills that are essential to most workplace environments. Course includes training in the Microsoft Suite applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access. You will learn to create and manage professional documents for a variety of specialized purposes and situations, including specialized brochures and mass mailings. You will learn computer skills to meet project needs and to enhance productivity. Upon completion you will earn the Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Word Expert certifications.

Restaurant Ready

Restaurant Ready, developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), is focused on helping you acquire life and employability skills necessary to pursue jobs in the restaurant and foodservice industry. You will get ServeSafe training, as well as sessions on communication, teamwork, personal responsibility, customer service, and basic kitchen skills. This course will help you prepare for joining the workforce. 

How can I contact you to get started?

For more information contact:

OHIO Career Ready Campus
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm
Phone: 740-593-4462