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Clark State Honors Aspire Program Students, GED Graduates

Clark State Honors Aspire Program Students, GED Graduates

July 29, 2022

Clark State College recognized 64 students in the Aspire Program who have either earned their High School Equivalency certification or who have made gains within the program furthering their knowledge or language proficiency.

The event was held on July 14 at the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center in Springfield.

“Attaining a high school credential is key to economic mobility and pursuing higher education,” said Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, president of Clark State. “Clark State’s Aspire students are highly motivated achievers who have made the first critical step in unlocking their earning potential.”

Ohio's Aspire program provides free services for individuals who need assistance in acquiring the skills to be successful in post-secondary education/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 a two-day orientation, during which an assessment will be given to help determine the individual’s educational needs and goals.

Clark State’s Aspire program helps students achieve goals through free career exploration, education and training. Students can earn high school equivalency and build skills in preparation for college or career success.

Clark State offers Aspire programs in Champaign, Clark, Greene and Logan counties.

“We are so proud of our learners in the Aspire Program. We have been honored to award 10 scholarships for Aspire learners who have transitioned to a degree program at Clark State and have five remaining,” said Elecia Spain, Director, Access and Retention Services at Clark State.  “We welcome any and all to join us.”

Aspire works with students preparing for their GED (or similar) test, or who are improving their knowledge of the English language (ESOL). To enroll visit: and complete the registration form.

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