Education Forward

For adults, earning your GED or high school equivalency can create a pathway to reach your future college and career goals and can help break the cycle of generational poverty in our community.

Education Forward is a low-barrier, totally free program designed to work with adults, primarily from the West Side neighborhoods of Cincinnati, to gain the skills necessary to advance their education and career goals. Education Forward accomplishes this by providing an environment where students set their path toward success. Our instructors can offer a range of support, including English literacy classes, high school equivalency preparation, and GED testing assistance; college and career readiness workshops, FAFSA help, emergency financial support, academic advising, and tutoring for placement exams or coursework; and career mentorship, connections to workforce development resources, and other job search services.

Enroll in Classes

Main Building, 2nd Floor
2104 Saint Michael Street
Cincinnati, OH 45204

Walk-in Hours
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
10am – 4pm
10am – 8pm

Online Registration
Interested adults may also click the box below to start the registration process. Once you have filled out the form, an instructor will contact you to set up an appointment to complete your enrollment. 

GED Preparation & College Support

Our GED preparation and college support resources meet adult learners where they are in a supportive and less “school-like” place. We recognize that earning high school equivalency (commonly, a GED) is a key step in reaching future goals. We seek to help students to re-engage in education, advance grade levels, succeed in earning their high school equivalency, and move forward in their college or career ambitions.

Our tutors work with each student one-on-one to define their learning goals and set their desired studying pace. Enrollment is open to all adults over the age of 18 and from all geographic regions.

Student Support

We strive to remove as many barriers as possible to empower adults to reengage with education and meet their individual goals. Education Forward classes are always free, and students can attend classes when they are able, around their work schedules or family obligations. Resources such as onsite testing, childcare, transportation assistance, emergency food, and other wraparound services are open to all students.

Onsite Testing Center
We are an official Pearson VUE GED test center, so when you are ready to take the exam, the transition to testing is easy. Testing can be done Monday through Friday based on student needs. We also provide financial support for testing fees.

We offer onsite childcare to students while they attend instruction and tutoring. Our childcare is open to ages 6 months to 5 years.

Transportation Assistance
Students in any program, who attend consistently, can apply for transportation assistance. Qualified students receive bus fare cards to get to and from our Main Building.

Other Resources
Students may also access additional resources available at Community Matters, including the Community Market food pantry, job search support, and other opportunities.

Need Help?

If you need help, are not sure where to start, or want to learn more about our program, give us a call at (513) 244-2214 extension 203.