Athens County Job and Family Services
The Work Station
Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE)
ABLE (Adult Basic and Literacy Education) is part of a statewide program that provides free instruction for adults who wish to improve their basic academic skills and/or prepare to take the GED (General Educational Development) tests, also known in Ohio as the Ohio High School Equivalence Diploma. Students study reading, math and language arts. There are also lessons in science, social studies, life skills, employability skills and basic computer skills.
We offer ABLE classes at The Work Station and at Tri-County Career Center. The instruction is designed to go at a comfortable pace to best meet the needs of our students. We want our students to succeed, and we will do as much as possible to help you. All of the ABLE classes are offered for free.
Each spring, we hold a Commencement Ceremony for all of our GED graduates from the last 12 months. All students who have completed their GEDs are invited to attend.
Free GED Practice Tests
Since the switch in January 2014 to a computerized version of the GED test, many adult learners have found success in obtaining their GED. Students can take a free computerized practice version of the GED test before attempting the real thing. Contact The Work Station to begin the process.
Locations & Hours of Operation:
Or Toll-Free: 1-877-351-0405
Tri-County Adult Career Center:
15676 Ohio Rt. 691, Nelsonville
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Links to Adult Literacy sites:
Tri-County graduates redesign ABLE lab bulletin board
From left to right, Jody Donaldson, Christi Tinkham, Lori Guthrie, Charles Farthing and Cindi Farmer, graduates from this year’s Professional Business Specialist program, pose in front of the ABLE lab bulletin board they helped redesign.
Graduates of Tri-County Adult Career Center’s Professional Business Specialist program recently redesigned the bulletin board in the ABLE lab located at the center in Nelsonville.
“They developed the ideas and created it using the skills they learned in the program,” said Sally Young, an instructor with the agency’s ABLE program. “The board is decorative and informational. It’s beautiful, motivational and cheery. It really dresses up the room.”
The students used a three-dimensional tree design as the background, and they included information about GED preparation, the Career Ready 101/KeyTrain Preparation Class and the ABLE lab.
The ABLE program, which stands for Adult Basic and Literacy Education, has labs in two locations – at Tri-County Adult Career Center and at The Work Station in The Plains.
Sally worked with the students in her role as the instructor of the Career Ready 101/KeyTrain Prep class, an internet-based learning system. She oversees this class in addition to helping students and community members who wish to enroll in the ABLE/GED program.
The students’ bulletin board redesign was one of many professional development projects completed by this class.