Miami Valley Career Technology Center named a finalist in $750,000 U.S. Department of Education Challenge


We’re thrilled to announce that the Adult Education MVCTC Aspire program has been named a finalist in the Rethink Adult Ed Challenge, a national competition issued by the U.S. Department of Education to advance pre-apprenticeships. Participating in this challenge gives us the opportunity to explore new learning and training experiences for adult learners.

Although apprenticeships serve as a pathway into careers across industries, many adult learners face barriers to accessing them. Pre-apprenticeships break down these barriers by equipping adult learners with the knowledge and skills they need to enter and succeed in apprenticeships — which can expand access to rewarding careers across the United States.

In November of 2020, the MVCTC Aspire program submitted a proposal creating innovative learning and training opportunities. The review panel — composed of experts in adult education, workforce policy, social services, and more — selected our team to advance to Stage 2 and compete for $750,000 in prizes. During the second stage, which runs from February – July, we will have access to expert support and digital resources to help us develop a detailed program proposal.

MVCTC Aspire was one of only three Ohio finalists selected for Stage 2. Finalists from Ohio, which also include Cincinnati Adult Education Solutions - Aspire Program and Lorain County Community College and 32 other states will enter Stage 2.To see the entire list of finalists, visit

For more information on the Rethink Adult Ed Challenge, visit Also, make sure to follow the MVCTC Adult Ed Facebook page at for announcements about Stage 2 of the challenge.