The Vanguard-Sentinel Aspire Program offers free adult education classes to all who are eligible! Aspire is a grant-funded program available for adults who need to sharpen their skills in preparation for the high school equivalence test, college, or a career. Our Aspire Program helps students achieve many different educational goals. Some students attend classes to prepare for the GED or HiSET high school equivalency tests, while others work to improve their skills for college, an apprenticeship, a certificate training program, or additional workforce training. We are prepared to help adult learners improve their academic skills and to create a pathway to a better future.
Students enter the Aspire Program by registering and attending an orientation. During registration and orientation, students complete paperwork, examine their learning styles, set career and education goals, and take initial assessments to determine academic strengths and weaknesses before getting started in class. Students then work with their instructor to develop an individualized learning plan.
Aspire classes provide instruction that focuses on reading, math, writing, language, science, and social studies. During class, students also develop their technology skills and learn about career readiness. Students work together with their instructor to improve their skills and prepare for the next step toward achieving their goals. Students who earn their high school equivalence credential by passing the GED, TASC, or HiSET test are invited to participate in our annual Aspire Graduation Ceremony!
VSCTC Aspire classes are offered throughout Ottawa, Sandusky, and Seneca counties with monthly orientations. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our services have temporarily moved to virtual platforms. We currently offer online registration, orientation, and classes to students. Students are able to participate in virtual classes offered at varying times to fit different schedules. Please contact us to learn more about our distance learning options and how to get started. Our staff will assist you in registering for the program and scheduling an orientation.
The Aspire Program is working to open in-person classes at several sites. Individuals who are not able to participate in virtual learning can contact our program to learn more about possible in-person class opportunities or be added to our call list. We will contact you when in-person classes resume at a location near you.
State GED Office | Ohio Department of Education
25 South Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM
Classes are FREE and offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 PM at Vanguard Workforce Development Building in Fremont, Mondays, and Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 AM or 6:30-8:30 PM at Owens Community College in Findlay and 9:30-11:30 am on Tuesday and Thursday at Fostoria Learning Center. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ESOL classes are currently held virtually online for students. Classes are taught to adults who wish to learn basic written and spoken English. Classes improve reading comprehension, conversational and written English skills. New students complete registration, attend orientation, and take a placement test to tell us about your skills and abilities.
Offered at Terra State Community College, this FREE course helps students achieve success on the ACCUPLACER Placement Tests and in college. This “Bridge Program” is intended to prepare students to enter and succeed in a post-secondary degree or certificate program. Each section will run in 8-week blocks throughout the semester, so students can prepare accordingly! For more information, call 419.334.6901 ext. 2703.