Adult Education

Ohio Options for Adult Diploma and Ohio High School Equivalence

Approximately 724,500 working-age adults in Ohio have not completed a high school diploma (or equivalent).  Adults without a high school diploma are at a disadvantage when competing for Ohio's in-demand jobs.  If you do not have a high school diploma, here is a map to help you find the programs near you. | Video: Ohio Adult Diploma Options

Ohio High School Equivalency (HSE)

The Ohio High School Equivalence (HSE) provides learners 18 years of age and older, the opportunity to gain the academic skills and credentials needed for post-secondary education and workforce development. Test takers who are 16 & 17 years of age may also apply with approved documentation. 

Adult Diploma

The Adult Diploma Program provides job training and a new pathway for adults, ages 22 or older, to earn a high school diploma AND industry credentials aligned to one of Ohio’s in-demand jobs.

Adult 22+ High School Diploma Program

The 22+ Adult HSD Program helps adults earn a high school diploma. The program is free to adults who are over 22 years old, living in Ohio and do not have a diploma or High School Equivalence (HSE).    
Preparing for the High School Equivalency Test

Ohio Aspire programs provide FREE services to individuals preparing for the high school equivalency certificate. By enrolling in an Aspire program, you can develop study skills and test-taking skills. You can take practice tests to prepare for the exam. Ohio Aspire can also prepare you for entrance exams for career training programs and community college or university degree programs.

Aspire: Learn More, Earn More

Ohio's Aspire programs provide FREE services for individuals who need assistance acquiring the skills to be successful in post-secondary education and training, and employment. Local programs offer classes at flexible locations, and on different days and times to meet diverse needs. All students are required to attend orientation, where an assessment is given to help determine the individual’s educational needs and goals.

Services available at programs throughout all 88 Ohio counties include:

  • Basic math, reading and writing skills
  • Adult Secondary Education/High School Equivalence preparation
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Transition services – helping students develop essential skills for employment and post-secondary
  • Life skills, employability skills and computer literacy
  • Workplace Education – education services offered in collaboration with an employer to increase the productivity of the workforce
  • Corrections Education – a partnership with a jail, detention center, community-based rehabilitation center or other similar institution
  • Distance Education - enhancing learning using technology

Ohio Aspire Locations by County

Interactive Map Aspire Locations

What's in a Name? ABLE becomes Aspire (Ashland Times-Gazette, 11-16-2017)


Adult Learners

The Ohio Department of Higher Education offers programs to Ohio residents who want to advance their skills, pursue a new career, attend college or finish a workforce certificate or college degree.