Workforce Training & Adult Education

Diploma to Career Pathways


The Diploma to Career Pathways report, published in December 2014, focuses on how to increase the participation of adults in high school equivalency programs, as well as tying programs to additional education delivery that holds labor-market value.

The University System of Ohio’s network of ABLE programs and Ohio Technical Centers play a vital role in the economic advancement of Ohio and its citizens by serving the state’s adult population—including non-traditional students who left high school early, high school graduates who need additional skills before enrolling in college, working adults who wish to pursue post-secondary credentials, and employers that want to invest in their workers through customized training.

Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE)

There are currently 56 local ABLE programs providing FREE services in all 88 Ohio counties. These services assist adults in acquiring the skills they need to be successful in post-secondary education and training, and employment, and include:

  • Basic math, reading and writing skills
  • Adult secondary education/GED preparation
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Transition services to post-secondary and employment
  • Family literacy
  • Workplace literacy

Once basic academic and workforce skills are developed, learners have access to a seamless career pathway by easily transitioning to a credential/certificate program and/or a community college or university within the University System of Ohio. Local ABLE programs collaborate – often co-locating – with other partners within the System, e.g., adult workforce centers, community colleges, universities and their regional branch campuses, allowing continued access to services over a lifetime of learning and career advancement.

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Ohio Technical Centers (OTC)

OTC centers help employers by providing customizable, labor market-driven, post-secondary workforce education and training services, including:

  • Career guidance/counseling
  • Comprehensive assessment services
  • Financial aid assistance
  • Job readiness and job placement assistance
  • Short-term training targeted at high-skill, high-wage, high-demand jobs
  • Training that leads to industry-recognized credentials

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