EGCC ASPIRE Team rated second

TOP FINISHER — The ASPIRE program at Eastern Gateway Community College, led by Executive Director Karla Martin and Assistant Director Jeremy Miller, has been rated second in the state.

STEUBENVILLE — Eastern Gateway Community College ASPIRE team is rated second among the 55 programs in Ohio.

The EGCC program, under the direction of Executive Director Karla Martin and Assistant Director, Jeremy Miller, earned a 92 percent rating, which places the program in the top tier and makes it one of the most effective adult education programs in the state.

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.

Individualized instruction and college transitions and career readiness programs are a top priority.

In addition to the high school equivalency prep classes, the program offers developmental education at EGCC, English for speakers of other languages and citizenship classes in Mahoning County, distance education, bridge classes for post-secondary education, correctional facility education and community partners at Ohio Means Jobs centers throughout the school’s five-county area.

EGCC ASPIRE offers these free services in five Ohio counties: Jefferson, Harrison, Belmont, Carroll and Mahoning.