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Aspire Professional Development Network

Since 1995, CETE has provided leadership and coordination of statewide adult education activities in collaboration with the state Aspire office at the Ohio Department of Higher Education, local programs, and a network of professional development providers. Our project supports the Ohio Aspire system through professional development, technical assistance, research, and evaluation activities. The project uses a process of continuous improvement to realign to the state Aspire office strategic goals and priorities, ensuring that activities align with those goals in the best interest of Aspire programs and adult learners throughout Ohio.

Our Role

CETE, in conjunction with its partners at Kent State University, directs the Ohio Aspire Professional Development Network (PDN). We assist local Aspire programs in developing the skills and knowledge of their staff in order to increase the successful transition of students to postsecondary education, training, and employment. CETE staff members analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate training programs aligned to academic content, staff, and professional development standards for Ohio Aspire professionals. Additionally, we develop and validate standards, research and evaluate state initiatives, identify best practices, and develop materials and technical assistance to support planning, teaching, and learning in the Aspire classroom. We are dedicated to supporting and enhancing adult literacy and education throughout Ohio.

Thank you so much for including me in the Administrator Standards Meeting. Although it was mentally taxing work, I thoroughly enjoyed the process and the team. It was one of the best things I have participated in with the PDN [Professional Development Network]. I will look forward to following the next steps and I appreciate all that you did to make the event happen.

— Karyn J. Evans, Dean of the Adult Opportunity Center in Institutional Advancement at Southern State Community College