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 state’s network of Aspire 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.
Aspire (formerly ABLE)
There are currently 49 local Aspire 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/HSE preparation
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
- Transition services to post-secondary and employment
- Workplace education
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 public university. Local Aspire 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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Ohio has been a national leader in establishing a state-wide priority for educational outcomes that equip individuals with the knowledge, skills and experiences to build productive lives and meaningful careers. The High-Impact Practices Project sustains this priority by providing a forum for Ohio institutions to share distinctive student success initiatives underway at their institutions. These initiatives align with Ohio’s strategic efforts to increase student attainment of the educational credentials and skills-sets necessary to personally prosper and succeed in the workplace.