Aspire is a FREE program!
Invest in yourself and your future with the help of our Aspire program. We offer FREE day, evening and online classes for adult learners at different locations in Allen, Auglaize, Mercer, Putnam, Van Wert and Paulding counties. Aspire classes are a stepping stone for students to transition to the next chapter in their lives.
We can assist with:
- Refreshing academic skills in reading, math, or language
- Earning a High School Equivalence (HSE) or High School Diploma
- Preparing for an industry credential program in Apollo’s Adult Education Programs
- Building career skills to obtain an in-demand job or retain your current job
Apollo Aspire Schedule
Aspire Classes held at Apollo on Tues/Wed/Thurs 9:00 am-Noon and 6:00-9:00 pm
Orientations held: July 16, 2019; Aug. 13, 2019; Sept. 10, 2019; Oct. 8, 2019; Nov. 5, 2019; Jan. 7, 2020; Feb. 4, 2020; Mar. 3, 2020; Apr. 7, 2020; May 5, 2020
All students are required to attend the 3-day orientation for entry into the program. Please bring your photo ID and arrive on time to orientation. 16-18 year olds must pre-register for orientation.
*You may not take classes if you are under 16 yrs of age, or if you are enrolled in high school.
General Educational Development (GED)
The General Educational Development (GED) tests give students the chance to earn a diploma that is equal to a high school diploma. This diploma is important for people looking for a job or continuing their education. Classes are FREE to help you prepare for this test. In order to register for classes and receive help, we offer orientations in five counties.
The GED test has four subject areas; Reasoning Through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Math.
The official GED test is administered at Apollo Career Center which is a PearsonVue Testing Center. All testing is done by appointment. Appointments can be made online after registering at https://ged.com/.
The fee for the test is $120. When applying for the test (https://ged.com/) you can request a one-time $80 voucher to lower the cost to $40.
Ohio GED® Voucher Program
The State of Ohio offers a voucher worth $80 to help cover part of the cost of the GED® Exam. This voucher is valid for 120 days from the day it is issued to the student. If you are interested in receiving this voucher, contact:
Apollo Career Center
3325 Shawnee Road
Lima, OH 45806
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
ESOL classes are FREE and open to everyone over the age of 18 who needs help learning English.
- English is taught at many levels from beginning to advanced.
- Classes include listening, speaking, reading, writing and basic citizenship.
- GED classes are also available for ESOL students.
Must pre-register before start date by calling 419-998-2956
Mondays and Wednesdays | 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Session One: Aug. 26th – Nov. 25th
Session Two: Dec. 2nd – Feb.26th
Session Three: Mar. 2nd – May 27th
Apollo offers students a great resource in its learning labs. Our program offers basic skills in reading, math, social studies, science and basic computer skills. It is for anyone who needs to brush up on their skills. We offer FREE online and computer-based instruction, basic computer skills, keyboarding, study and test-taking skills, and can assist those who would like to transition into employment or post-secondary education.
Learning Labs are available on Mondays from 9 am-12 pm and 5-8 pm. No appointment is necessary to participate in Learning Labs.
APOLLO ADULT RESOURCE CENTER
3325 Shawnee Road, Lima 45806 | 419-998-2956
OHIO MEANS JOBS -ALLEN CO (One Stop)
1501 S. Dixie Hwy., Lima 45802 | 419-999-0365
ST PAUL’S CHURCH -ST MARYS
201 N Perry St., St Marys OH 45885 | 419-998-2956
MERCER CO. WOCAP
420 N. Brandon Ave., Celina OH | 419-227-2586 x225
OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY
136 Putnam Pkwy., Ottawa OH | 419-523-3747
For Aspire classes held in Paulding, and Van Wert counties: Vantage Career Center