Back to School, Back to Work!

Back to School, Back to WorkIf the back-to-school season stirs feelings of regret because you did not finish high school or you struggle with basic math and reading skills … hold your head up. Nearly 15 percent of adults in Lawrence County are in similar circumstances.

Where you are in your education does not matter. What does matter is that you can do something about it right now. Ohio Means Jobs Lawrence County is here to help. OMJ Lawrence provides programs to help people just like you develop basic skills, earn their GEDs, and prepare for trade school, community college or even university-level programs.

It all starts with Ohio’s highly successful ABLE program, which is one of the best performing in the country in helping students find employment upon completion of the program; placing students in post-secondary education; GED completion; and success in reaching out to those with educational deficiencies.

The best part is, the Adult Basic and Literacy Education program is free to all adult learners residing in Lawrence County!

ABLE starts with an orientation/testing program, so you do not waste your time learning things that you already know. The testing program ensure that your education program will meet your specific needs and that you will learn in a way that is most efficient for YOU. If you just need help with basic math skills, ABLE will help. If reading and writing are challenges, ABLE is there for you. If you need support in all three areas, ABLE will make it happen.

The goal of ABLE is to help every adult achieve mastery of basic reading, writing and math skills so they can build better, more secure lives for themselves and their families.

Additionally, ABLE offers GED preparation and official GED practice testing, so when you sit for the GED exam, you will feel comfortable, confident and prepared for success. To find out more about the ABLE program and other services for adult learners in Lawrence County, please call or stop by:

• Ohio Means Jobs Lawrence County, 120 N. Third St., Ironton (740) 532-3140 ext. 1260 or email to Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

• Ohio University Proctorville Center, 111 Private Drive 8266, Proctorville (304) 416-0391.

Both offices are open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

GED Testing
While working with ABLE will help you gain the skills, confidence and experience you need to pass the GED exam, not everyone needs ABLE services.

For these individuals, Ohio Means Jobs offers GED testing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Thursday/Friday of each month. The cost is $40. Students who meet ABLE program requirements may receive financial assistance to cover all or part of the registration fee.

Testing is conducted at Collins Career Center. To register for GED testing, contact Cathy Hyland at (740) 532-3140, ext. 257.

Other educational opportunities
Ohio Means Jobs Lawrence County offers other educational opportunities to make it possible for Ohio residents to get a job, change jobs or advance in their careers. Services are available for individuals preparing to enter college or other post-secondary education; those who need to prepare for WorkKeys, the test used for employment and advancement by local business and industry; and KeyTrain, the program used to evaluate applicants to adult programs at Collins Career Center.

All students have free access to material, software and instruction year round.
For more information about any Ohio Means Jobs Lawrence County program, call the office at (740) 532-3140. It is time to start living your life without regrets.

OHIO MEANS JOBS – Lawrence County
120 North Third Street
Ironton, Ohio 45638

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