June 23, 2017

ABLE/GED Classes

The Ashtabula County Adult Basic and Literacy Education

(ABLE) Program

Whether you are interested in preparing for adult education or college classes, the GED® test or just want to better your math, reading or writing abilities for work or home, we are here to help with:

  • FREE day and evening classes,
  • Experienced, trained and knowledgeable instructors,
  • Community – based sites that cover the entire county,
  • Access to FREE computer-based education programs to supplement your classroom experience, as well as
  • Assistance in setting personal educational goals and staying on track

 

ABLE Sites, Classes and Class Schedules

ABLE Adult Learning Centers are located in:

  • Andover: Andover First United Methodist Church
  • 181 South Main street, Andover
  • Tuesday and Thursday – 5:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Ashtabula:
  • Kent State University – Ashtabula Campus
  • 3300 Lake Road West, Ashtabula
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Tuesday and Thursday – 5:30 – 8:30 PM
  • youthOPPORTUNITIES! (yO!) ACE Class
  • 621 Goodwill Drive, Ashtabula
  • Monday – Thursday – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Conneaut: Conneaut Human Resources Center
  • 327 Mill Street
  • Tuesday and Thursday – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Geneva: Geneva Community Center
  • 72 West Main Street
  • Monday and Wednesday – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Jefferson:  Ashtabula County Technical & Career Center
  • 1565 State Route 167, Jefferson
  • Tuesday and Thursday – 5:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Orwell:  Orwell Country Neighbor
  • 39 South Maple
  • Monday and Wednesday – 5:30 – 8:30 PM

 

Basic Skills Classes

ABLE Instructors have the experience and knowledge to help adults who need to begin “at the beginning”, especially those who have had life-long struggles with basic reading or math.  (And if this is you, then: No…you are NOT the “only one”!)

 

GED® Preparation Classes

For those who are reading, writing and doing math at a high school level, we have created intense ten (10) week classes in each of the four (4) subject areas: Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies to assist you become fully prepared for the Official GED® Test.  These classes will help you to focus on the skills and the basic knowledge needed to successfully earn your Ohio High School Equivalence Diploma.

 

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL) Classes

ABLE offers FREE classes to help those who speak another language to learn to speak, read, write and understand English.

Estas clases gratuitas se certran en hablar, leer y escribir Inglés.

Póngase en contacto con Becky Harvey al 440.576.5599 para obtener más información.

 

Adult Education and/or Preparation Classes

  • Medical Readiness

This ten (10) week , 36-hour class is designed to help adult students to be prepared to be successful in any health-related adult education or college program.  Topics covered include medical terminology, health-care math, anatomy, study and test-taking strategies and much more.

 

  • Math Transitions

This six (6) week, 24-hour class is designed to help adult students to prepare to pass the COMPASS or WORKKEYS exam and to successfully transition into college or adult education classes.  There are pre-entrance requirements for this class.

 

  • Distance Learning

ABLE Students can supplement their class work by being referred to and utilizing the Ohio ABLE/Board of Regents distance learning option.  Requirements include attending and ABLE Orientation and at least six (6) hours of class before being referred.  Students must also participate in at least two face-to-face classes per month.  This is a great learning option for those who work swing shifts or have family obligations that may hinder regular weekly attendance.  Students must also have home or local access to a computer and the internet, perhaps at a friend or relative’s home or at a local library or community center.

 

  • youthOPPORTUNITIES! (yO!)

The youthOPPORTUNITIES! (yO!) Program is a community-based program for young adults aged 14 to 21 who live in Ashtabula County.  The focus of the Program is to help economically-disadvantaged young people to earn a diploma, gain work-experience and to become successful wage-earners.  ABLE works hand-in-hand with the staff of the yO! Program to provide a quality educational opportunity for all participants.

 

If you would like more information on the Official GED® Test or ABLE Classes please contact Becky Harvey in the A-Tech ABLE Office by…

  •  E-mailing her at Rebecca.Harvey@atech.edu   Please be sure to include in the e-mail your full name, address, a phone number and your information request,
  •  Calling her at 440.576.6015 ext. 1057 or
  •  Mailing a letter to A-Tech ABLE Program, 1565 State Route 167, Jefferson, Ohio 44047

 

Staying on Track

 

OVERCOMING FEARS

With over 30 years of experience helping adults to reach their academic goals, we understand the fear that people feel in taking that first step to returning to school.  We want you to know that we don’t just understand, we do everything that we can to make the process and the learning as painless as possible.  And remember, EVERYONE in an ABLE class is in the same place that you are!

 

GETTING STARTED

Getting started in pursuit of your educational goal may be scary for you, so we try to make it as easy as possible.  Just contact the ABLE Office to schedule yourself for an ABLE Orientation Session.  Orientations are held in Ashtabula and Jefferson once a month and are designed to help you feel comfortable about returning to a classroom setting.  You’ll get more information on our learning centers and classes as well as your own learning style.  We’ll help you to develop goals that will keep you focused and provide you with information on the academic skills you need to reach those goals.

 

PLEASE NOTE: You must be 18 years old or older to enroll in ABLE classes and/or take the Official GED© Test UNLESS you are officially withdrawn from school and have a letter on school letterhead verifying withdrawal.  The ABLE Office can assist you with gaining the proper documents.

 

MAKING A COMMITMENT TO LEARNING

Over thirty years of experience teaching adults from ages 16-90 (yes…90!) and helping them to reach their goals and achieve their dreams gives the ABLE Program a special perspective on how adults like you learn.  We ask that you commit to 12 weeks of attending classes and focusing on your educational goals.  In most cases this will be 24 classes totaling up to 72 hours of instructional time.  By the end of these 12 weeks you will have learned a great deal (especially about yourself), met some, if not all, of your educational goals, and will be able to make a good decision on your readiness to ‘take the next step’: be it GED Prep Classes, the Official GED© Test or moving on to a training program or job.

 

STAYING FOCUSED

Let’s face it; we all experience pressures from all sides that can affect our ability to stay focused.  Family and work obligations often make it difficult for adults to attend classes on a regular basis, and we understand that.  That’s why we try to make it easy for you to fit your “school” work in with your “life” work.  We have a distance education option that allows you to work on “school” outside of class times and we always welcome back those who have had to delay attendance for a while.  Please contact the ABLE Office for more information on distance education.

 

The Test!  Are you ready?  Click here for more information on the Official GED® Test


ABLE Adult Learning Centers  throughout Ashtabula County Special Services
ANDOVER
Andover First United Methodist Church
181 South Main Street
ABLE CLASSES: T/TH / EVE
ASHTABULA
Kent State University
Ashtabula Campus Main Building C108
3300 Lake Road West
ABLE/GED – T/TH / AM
ABLE/GED – T/TH / EVE
440.964.4254
YMCA
263 West Prospect Road
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
ABLE/ESOL – M/W / AFT/EVE
CONNEAUT
Conneaut Human Resources Center
327 Mill Street
ABLE/GED – T/TH  AM-AFT
440.593.5273
GENEVA 
Geneva Community Center
72 West Main Street
ABLE/GED – M/W  AM
ABLE/ESOL – T/TH AM/AFT
440.466.3048
JEFFERSON
Ashtabula County A-Tech/ABLE
1565 State Route 167
OFFICE HOURS
M-T-W-TH 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
ABLE CLASSES: T/TH / EVE
440.576.5599
 
ORWELL 
Country Neighbor
39 South Maple
ABLE/GED – M/W EVE
440.437.6311

PRACTICE TESTS are available at ALL Adult Learning Centers! Passing an Official Practice Test will tell you that you are prepared to take the Official GED© Test! Please CALL to schedule an appointment!
OFFICIAL GED TEST is given at A-Tech year-round. NEW TEST and NEW POLICIES start in 2014! CALL for details!
 
ESOL & U.S. CITIZENSHIP
Classes for foreign born adults and families in Ashtabula and Geneva.  For information, call 440.576.5599.

MEDICAL READINESS
Course designed to help you prepare for a health related career! 12 Week Course offered Monday evenings.  Fall Session begins in September
Winter Session begins in January

TO ENROLL, YOU MUST ATTEND AN ORIENTATION SESSION PRIOR TO STARTING THE CLASS.  Call the ABLE OFFICE for course dates!

Writing, Study & Test-Taking Skills Class – Fall & Spring Classes – Call for details at 440.576.5599.

Basic Math to Pre-Alegebra Class – Fall & Spring Classes – Call for details at 440.576.5599.

Information & County-Wide Literacy Events throughout the year.  Call for details at 440.576.5599.

ABLE… One-Stop System Referral Agency – Local Partner of JOB SOURCE

Geauga – Ashtabula – Portage Partnership/GAPP “Doing our part to strengthen workforce development”