Ohio Options for Adults: Aspire and Adult Diploma Program

Ohio Options programs offer free classes for adults who need help acquiring the skills to be successful in college, training or employment.


The Aspire program offers classes to help adult students:

  • Improve their academic skills
  • Prepare for the workforce
  • Prepare for the High School Equivalency (HSE) test
  • Prepare to earn a high school diploma
  • Improve their English skills (ELL/ESOL)
  • Prepare for a job, college or training

Morning and evening classes take place at Tri-C's Eastern, Metropolitan, Western and Westshore campuses, at Corporate College West in Westlake and at other locations throughout Cuyahoga County. The program is for students ages 16 and older whose skills are below a 12th-grade level. Orientation required.

Adult Diploma Program

The Adult Diploma Program offers an opportunity for adults ages 20 and older to earn a high school diploma. The program includes:

  • Career advisement
  • National career readiness certificate
  • Certification for an in-demand career in health care, manufacturing, logistics or construction

Students must complete an Ohio Options orientation session before enrolling in the Adult Diploma Program. During orientation, you'll be assessed to determine if you meet program requirements. If your scores need improvement, you will enter Aspire classes until your assessment scores qualify for the Adult Diploma Program.

For more information, or to register for orientation, visit https://www.tri-c.edu/ohio-options-for-adults/index.html or call the office nearest to you.

  • Metropolitan Campus: 216-987-3029
  • Eastern Campus: 216-987-2135
  • Eastern Suburbs and Cleveland East: 216-371-7138 (Euclid only: 216-261-5006)
  • Western Suburbs and Cleveland West: 216-529-4240

Ohio Options for Adults is funded by the Ohio Department of Education, Cuyahoga Community College and local philanthropic organizations.

Interfaith Community Service Initiative

The goal of this Collegewide initiative is to provide information to faith-based institutions so they can assist parishioners and community members in achieving their academic, educational and workforce-related aspirations.

The desired outcome of these partnerships is to strengthen connections between Tri-C and the faith-based community. Similar programs at other colleges have recognized that individuals who receive critical information about education and jobs in a familiar location from someone they know are more likely to enroll and focus to finish high school/GED, college or workforce programs. Visit tri-c.edu/community/community-services/faith-based-community-initiative.html or call 216-987-0496 to learn more.

Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)

The Educational Opportunity Center is a federally funded TRiO program that offers free enrollment assistance to more than 1,200 Cuyahoga County adults annually. The program is open to individuals ages 18 and over who wish to further their education. EOC advisors provide information, workshops and services to individuals and groups.

Advisors help participants:

  • Enroll in college, certificate or vocational training programs
  • Enroll in an Ohio Options for Adults program
  • Learn about academic and career opportunities
  • Obtain college admissions information
  • Address student loan defaults
  • Apply for federal student aid and scholarships¬†

EOC also provides referrals to social services and community resources. All services are available to participants at no cost to them. The Educational Opportunity Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Cuyahoga Community College. Call 216-987-6305 or visit tri-c.edu/eoc to learn more.

Women in Transition (WIT)

The Women in Transition program is a free noncredit course that helps adult women move their lives forward through education and training. Participants receive basic computer training, assistance with career exploration, financial literacy enrichment, personal development and soft skills training. Upon completion, participants are equipped to continue their education, enter the workforce, understand financial aid options and identify marketable skills and career opportunities.

Day and evening classes are available. Two eight-week courses are available each spring and fall on all four campuses. A virtual option is also available. Summer offerings may vary. For more information, visit tri-c.edu/wit or call the office nearest to you.

  • Eastern Campus: 216-987-2272
  • Metropolitan Campus: 216-987-4974
  • Western Campus: 216-987-5091
  • Westshore Campus: 216-987-5764

The Women in Transition program is funded by Cuyahoga Community College, the Carl D. Perkins Act, Westfield Insurance Foundation, the S.K. Wellman Foundation, Union Home Mortgage, The Andrews Foundation and other entities.