Contact Aspire

(440) 366-4530

Office Hours

Office Location - UC107H

Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please call us at (440) 366-4530

Aspire Program Staff



Mary Murphy

Bell, James

Campbell, Marylin

Clark, Thomas

Corn, Rochell

Dickey, Brett

Helton, Jennifer

Lotko, Penny
Madak, Ross
Peloquin, Sandra
Smith, KaShala
Silva, Susanne
Sterna, Scott
Wall, Kirsten

Workman, Beth


We know that life sometimes gets in the way.  If you didn’t finish high school and your lack of a diploma is holding you back from achieving your college, career, employment or personal goals, we have an option that is right for you.  Take some time to review each of the programs and choose the one that sounds right for your situation. 


Aspire Manufacturing Associate Certificate Program

FREE program beginning soon! 

Prepare for your GED exam AND earn the Certified Manufacturing Associate (CMfgA) nationally recognized credential. In just nine weeks, you will be ready for a career with one of our partner companies. 

Learn more about the Aspire Manufacturing Associate Certificate Program


Aspire GED

The LCCC Aspire Program provides FREE classes to students pursuing their GED, preparing for the Workkeys exam or improving their skills for the OGT tests.

 Aspire also provides career planning, transition to college services, official GED test vouchers and more.   

Class Format

In-Person and live-zoom classes throughout Lorain County (daytime and evenings) that prepare students for the following exams:

  • Official GED exam
  • Workkeys
  • OGT

Students must be:

  • Ohio residents
  • 19 years old, or
  • If between the ages of 16 and 19, a student will need to obtain and submit an official High School withdrawal from their last school district.
How to get started

Students must attend an orientation that will include taking an assessment to  identify the skills that they need to work on to prepare for their GED, Workkeys or OGT tests.

Register to Attend the Aspire GED Orientation

Credential received upon completion

Official GED issued by the GED Testing Service



22+ Adult High School Diploma Program

Online classes delivered by the Graduation Alliance that enable adults 22 years old & over to complete remaining high school requirements (courses and OGT tests) and receive their high school diploma.  Students have a maximum of 2 years to complete the program.

Class Format

All courses are completed within the Graduation Alliance online portal.  Students work at their own pace to complete at least ½ of a course every month.


Students must:

  • be an Ohio resident
  • be at least 22 years old
  • need 8 or fewer HS credits
  • have reliable access to a computer and the internet.
How to get started

Signing up is easy.  Sign up now and a representative from the Graduation Alliance will contact you and assist you with the enrollment process.

Learn more about the 22+ Adult Diploma

Credential received upon completion

High School Diploma issued by students’ current school district



OGT Only

Through the Aspire program, we offer live Zoom classes for students that did not graduate due ONLY to challenges with passing OGT tests.  One OGT test topic per evening, Monday through Thursday.

Class Format

Live virtual classes using Zoom. Once ready for OGT testing, student will be enrolled into 22+ program to take OGT tests and graduate.


Students must be:

  • Ohio residents
  • 22 years old or older
How to get started

Students must attend Aspire program orientation.

Register to Attend the Aspire GED Orientation

Students must also obtain their high school transcripts and submit them for confirmation that they only need OGT tests in order to earn their Adult Diploma.

Credential received upon completion

High School Diploma issued by students’ current school district



Adult Diploma Programs

Adult Diploma Programs at LCCC and Lorain County  JVS-Adult Education Program provide job training & a new pathway for adults who are serious about earning a high school diploma and an industry-recognized credential in an in-demand field at the same time. Both the test prep and the career training are FREE, potentially saving thousands of dollars.

Class Format

Most programs are in-person at specific days and times.

These programs require 2 steps

  1. Students must attain a program-specific Workkeys score.  Students prepare for the Workkeys exam in an Aspire class just for Adult Diploma seekers.
  2. Student enrolls in and completes one of several career training programs at either Lorain County Community College or Lorain County JVS.

Students must be:

  • Ohio residents
  • 20 years old or older
Training Programs at LCCC and Lorain County JVS

Available Job training programs at LCCC:

  • Customer Service/Retail
  • State Tested Nurse Aide
  • Medical Coding
  • Welding

Available Job training fields at Lorain County JVS:

  • Automotive Tech
  • Collision Repair
  • Manicurist
  • Phlebotomy Tech
  • Precision Machining
  • State Tested Nurse’s Aide
  • Welding
How to get started

Students must attend Aspire program orientation.

Register to Attend the Aspire GED Orientation

Students must also obtain their high school transcripts and submit them for confirmation that they only need OGT tests in order to earn their Adult Diploma.

Credential received upon completion

High School Diploma issued by the State of Ohio


Adult Diploma Technical Training Options

State Tested Nurse Assisting (STNA)

Nurse aides, also known as nursing assistants, geriatric aides, unlicensed assistive personnel, or hospital attendants, perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. They perform some clinical tasks and work directly with patients to provide care such as dressing, feeding, bathing and observation.

As a nurse aide, you must demonstrate compassion and empathy. You must be in good general health and have the ability to communicate with other members of the healthcare team. You may work in a hospital, nursing home, assisted living center, hospice facility, private residence, or other long-term care center.

After successfully completing this program, you will receive a certificate of completion and must pass a state examination to be an STNA (state tested nurse aid). The state examination is usually available at the LCCC training sites on a monthly basis, as classes are scheduled. Many STNAs go on to earn their LPN (licensed practical nurse) or RN (registered nurse) certifications.

Typical courses are three, four or five weeks long and offered fall, spring and summer semesters.

Medical Coding - Physician Office

The Medical Coding – Physician Office course will provide students with an in-depth study of the current procedural and diagnosis coding system used by physicians. These include current year:

  • CPT (Current Procedural Terminology)
  • ICD-10-CM (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition, Clinical Modification)
  • HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System).

Students will have practice scenarios and several exams.  Required assignments and tests will be accessed and completed through the Canvas system (LCCC’s online/distance learning program).  The objective of the course is to provide the student with a solid foundation in coding principles and to teach them to use the coding manuals properly.  Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students will have obtained a superior level of medical coding.

This program can be completed online.

Welding Technology Certification Preparation

The welding technology and AWS-3F certification preparation certificate provides students with the skills necessary to pass one of the three categories the American Welding Society AWS-3F certifications, and the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment in a variety of industries utilizing welding.

You must complete WTEC 111, Welding Specifications/Blue Print Reading

AND Either WTEC 116 or WTEC 216 (See below for details on these courses.)

    This course covers basic engineering drawing principles, fundamental concepts of welding specifications, symbols, and blueprint reading as used in industry, and types of welding equipment and operational safety issues. Emphasis is on print reading, interpretation and analysis and safety procedures.
    This course covers the basic theories and practices of AC and DC shielded metal arc welding, flat position welding of ferrous metal, and required welding code applications. Welding equipment design, use, care, safety, and maintenance are emphasized. Laboratory, exercises that develop welding skills in a variety of welding positions will be practiced. Welding power source selection will also be studied. Laboratory required.
    This course covers the basic principles and practices of gas metal arc welding (GMAW). Laboratory work involves the application of GMAW as it is used in industry today. Use of various metal transfer modes for aluminum and steel, joint styles, welding positions, and manipulation techniques will be emphasized. Wire fed processes will include sub-arc theory. Laboratory exercises will include flux-covered arc welding. Welding equipment, design, use, care, safety and maintenance are emphasized. Laboratory required.
National Retail Federation Customer Service and Retail Fundamentals Certification.


Must complete both programs listed below. 

Available online only.


Retail Industry Fundamentals

Learners who earn this certificate will develop basic customer service skills, math skills to conduct sales transactions and an understanding of the retail industry, its impact on the economy and the diverse jobs available. Best practices for interviewing and exploring career paths are also covered. This course is perfect for someone looking for a first job and/or developing workplace readiness skills. Learners will be able to:

  • Define industry terms and recognize the retail cycle
  • Identify the economic impact of retail
  • Define and understand customer service and sales skills
  • Understand various technology tools used in retail
  • Learn industry career paths


Customer Service & Sales

Learners who earn this certification will master customer service and sales skills, including understanding the customer life cycle, developing effective strategies to engage customers, assessing customer needs and closing sales. The course also covers best practices for building resumes and navigating job searches. This course is perfect for someone interested in or currently working in a customer facing role, whether in retail or another industry. Learners will be able to:

  • Understand omnichannel purchase options
  • Assess and meet customer needs
  • Execute sales and upselling
  • Build a resume and then shine in the interview