as•pire (verb): to seek to achieve a particular goal

We believe in the power of work.

  • As such, we are dedicated to addressing the skills gap in North America through work-related programs, partnerships, and investments that create greater economic opportunity for North American workers.

    Founded in 2019, the Adecco Group US Foundation is committed to making the world of work a fairer, more accessible and better place – a world where all people are enabled to reach their full potential.

Our goal is to bring upskilling and reskilling opportunities to historically underserved groups and communities and to help people find their path through learning programs that contribute to economic mobility, career progression, and work equality.

The Aspire Academy helps you gain new skills and qualify for better jobs – for FREE. The platform is mobile-friendly, allowing you access to learning at any time and from anywhere. From life skills courses, to communication courses, to industry-specific career courses – we’ve got you covered. Move at a pace that is comfortable for you!

Browse the programs below and enroll today!

ASPIRE ACADEMY

AVAILABLE COURSES

LIFE SKILLS

Managing Personal Health

In this course, you will develop the skills necessary to understand how to create fitness goals. You will learn how fitness and a healthy lifestyle benefits physical and mental well-being, how to identify the components of a physical fitness program, and how to implement various stress management and healthy eating principles into your everyday life.

Course Details

Lessons in this program include:

  • Physical and mental well-being
  • How to assess your current fitness and health lifestyle and make plans for changes
  • Basic components of an overall fitness program
  • Determining weight goals and how to achieve them

 

Approximate Study Time: 5 hours

Personal Finance

In this program, you will learn how to manage your personal finances in order to become financially stable.

Course Details

Lessons in this program include:

  • Personal Finance

 

Approximate Study Time: 5 hours

 

Professional Communication Skills

This course will teach you the skills necessary to communicate professionally. You'll learn the basic tools of communication, including effective listening, observation, recognizing cultural differences, and body language. You'll also study elements of good oral communication, including articulation, rate of speed, and enunciation, as well as explore best practices for interacting with co-workers.

Course Details

Lessons in this program include:

  • Explaining the components and importance of oral and written communication

 

Approximate Study Time: 4 hours

 

Stress and Time Management

In this program, you will learn how to manage stress and adequately prioritize your time throughout the day. These skills will help you stay on track as you perform your job and give you the tools to overcome stressful situations both on and off the clock.

Course Details

Lessons in this program include:

  • Stress and Time Management

 

Approximate Study Time: 4 hours

 

FOUNDATIONAL CAREER SKILLS

Basic English

Study important skills involved in writing efficiently and effectively. You’ll study the process of planning, writing, and revising written material to create strong, accurate reports, essays, and other writings. You'll also explore the eight primary types of punctuation, the rules for using punctuation, and the rules for capitalizing words. To better comprehend what role each word plays in a sentence, you’ll dissect sentences. Dissecting sentences will help you use nouns, pronouns, verb tenses, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.

Course Details

Lessons in this program include:

  • Punctuation and Capitalization
  • Nouns, Pronouns, and Adjectives
  • Verbs, Adverbs, and Other Parts of Speech
  • Sentences and Spelling

Approximate Study Time: 20 hours

Basic Industrial Math

Basic Industrial Math covers the basic math skills needed to work in an industrial workplace. This includes basic mathematic functions like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as a introductions to the metric system and Algebra.

Course Details

Lessons in this program include:

  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions, Percents, Proportions, and Angles
  • Metric System
  • Formulas
  • Introduction to Algebra

Approximate Study Time: 55 hours

Career Readiness

The Career Readiness program consists of three lessons. Through each lesson you’ll learn key skills for workplace and career success, from using core technology tools to understanding professional etiquette.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Personal Skills
  • People Skills
  • Workplace Skills

Approximate Study Time: 40 hours

Career Readiness (Spanish)

Refresque sus habilidades - las “habilidades de poder” que Ud. necesita para destacar en cualquier trabajo con lecciones del internet que cubren trabajo en equipo, planificación y organización, herramientas de productividad, integridad, enfoque al cliente, y más.

COURSE DETAILS

Temas que se cubrirán:

  • Integridad
  • Profesionalidad y adaptabilidad
  • Respeto
  • Habilidades de comunicación
  • Trabajo en equipo

Duración estimada del curso: 40 horas

Industrial Print Reading Basics

This program will introduce you to the various types of prints and drawings used in an industrial environment. You will learn how to read and interpret the different types of standard symbols and abbreviations found on these drawings.

Course Details

Lessons in this program include:

  • Introduction to Print Reading
  • Reading Shop Prints, Part 1
  • Reading Shop Prints, Part 2
  • Print-Reading Symbols and Abbreviations
  • Print Reading Applications

Approximate Study Time: 46

Industrial Safety (English)

This course teaches a variety of safety skills relevant in multiple different environments, from chemical to fire to electrical and more.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Industrial Safety
  • Trades Safety: Getting Started
  • Working Safely with Chemicals
  • Fire Safety
  • Safe Handling of Pressurized Gases and Welding
  • Electrical Safety for the Trades
  • Material Handling Safety
  • Machine Shop Safety
  • Quality Concepts: Tools and Applications

Approximate Study Time: 45 hours

Industrial Safety (Spanish)

Este curso enseña una variedad de habilidades de seguridad relevantes en múltiples entornos diferentes, desde químicos hasta incendios, eléctricos y más.

COURSE DETAILS

Temas que se cubrirán:

  • Seguridad industrial
  • Seguridad de los oficios: Primeros pasos
  • Trabajando con seguridad con productos químicos
  • Seguridad contra incendios
  • Manejo seguro de gases presurizados y soldadura
  • Seguridad eléctrica para los oficios
  • Seguridad en el manejo de materiales
  • Seguridad en el taller de máquinas
  • Conceptos de calidad: herramientas y aplicaciones

Duración estimada del curso: 40 horas

Positive Relationships in the Workplace

In this course, you will learn the skills necessary to understand human relations in the workplace. You'll explore factors influencing workplace relationships, including attitude, self-confidence, communication, efficiency, productivity, teamwork, frustration, and plateaus. Additionally, you will learn how to identify the types, structure, and nature of working relationships, and be able to recognize common mistakes in human relations and techniques to repair injured relationships.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Defining how human relations can help you in your personal life and your job
  • Describing how to use your human relations skills in the workplace
  • Identifying ways to handle issues you may face as you advance through your career

Approximate Study Time: 10 hours

Production Basics

Study the essentials of production in the industrial workplace. You’ll learn about common hand tools, power tools, and lifting equipment used in an industrial setting. You’ll study the properties of metals and how to determine the structural integrity and quality of materials. You’ll learn about the instruments and techniques used for precise measurement, inspection, and testing of mechanical components, pressure, flow, and temperature commonly found in a manufacturing environment.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Common Hand Tools
  • Precision Measuring Instruments
  • Electric Drilling and Grinding Tools
  • Power Cutting Tools
  • Pneumatic Tools
  • Plumbing and Pipefitting Tools
  • Electricians’ Tools
  • Tool Grinding and Sharpening
  • Woodworking Hand Tools
  • Routers, Power Planers, and Sanders
  • Jacks, Hoists, and Pullers
  • Process-Pressure Measuring and Control Instruments, Part 1
  • Process-Pressure Measuring and Control Instruments, Part 2
  • Fluid-Flow Measuring and Control Instruments, Part 1
  • Fluid-Flow Measuring and Control Instruments, Part 2
  • Temperature Measuring and Control Instruments, Part 1
  • Temperature Measuring and Control Instruments, Part 2
  • Precision Measuring Instruments, Part 2
  • Precision Measuring Instruments, Part 3
  • Properties of Materials

Approximate Study Time: 90 hours

Safety in the Workplace

This course will teach you the skills necessary for safe performance in the workplace. You'll learn about various hazards and preventative techniques associated with chemicals, electricity, machinery, and equipment. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to recognize issues with fire, tools, welding, and material handling, and you will also be familiar with the use of personalize protective equipment (PPE) to minimize exposure to hazards, OSHA safety regulations and laws, and insurances compensating workers.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Analyzing the structure of workplace safety and the methods to curb them
  • Distinguishing between the various catastrophes caused by fire and the methods used for stopping them
  • Identifying the hazards associated with chemicals, electricity, machinery, and equipment, and the methods of preventing them
  • Explaining the risks involved in material handling and the methods of preventing the hazards
  • Listing various safety regulations and laws related to OSHA, as well as insurances compensating workers

 

Approximate Study Time: 9 hours

Warehouse Basics

Study the concepts, policies, and economics of warehouse operations. You’ll learn how market demand, government policy, and economics are used to make decisions in a warehouse environment. You’ll study the logistics and management of physical distribution including communication of ideas and strategies. You’ll learn about the methods and safety procedures of lifting and rigging, along with associated machines used in the process.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Jobs, Companies, and the Economy
  • Problem Solving and Troubleshooting
  • Sales Records and Reports
  • Managing Physical Distribution, Part 1
  • Managing Physical Distribution, Part 2
  • Selling Your Ideas
  • Properties of Materials
  • Lifting Equipment and Practice, Part 1
  • Lifting Equipment and Practice, Part 2

Approximate Study Time: 80 hours

INTRODUCTORY CAREER COURSES

Basic Electrical Training

This program teaches the basics of working with electricity - from commonly used tools to introducing AC/DC principles and motors. It also covers basic troubleshooting, VOMs, and oscilloscopes. Most importantly, it has a component on electrical safety. This program is highly recommended for those who do not yet know what they want to do within the electrical field, but need to understand electricity at a basic level.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Electricians' Tools
  • Tool Grinding and Sharpening
  • Woodworking Hand Tools
  • Routers, Power Planers, and Sanders
  • Jacks, Hoists, and Pullers
  • Plumbing and Pipefitting Tools
  • Nature of Electricity
  • Circuit Analysis and Ohm's Law
  • Capacitors and Inductors
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetism
  • Conductors , Insulators, and Batteries
  • DC Motor and Generator Theory
  • Alternating Current
  • Alternating Current Circuits AC Principles
  • Inductors in AC Circuits
  • Transformers
  • Alternators
  • Electrical Energy Distribution AC Principles
  • Rectification and Basic Electronic Devices
  • Basic Test Equipment
  • Troubleshooting Volt-OHM-Milliamp Meters
  • Using Basic Oscilloscopes

Approximate Study Time: 134 hours

 

Basic Machinist

Begin a career in machining by learning about safe shop procedures, metal cutting, grinding, machine tooling, and more! To progress further in this career path after you have completed this course, we suggest you consider enrolling in the Machine Operator, Level 1 course. You can find that course listed under "Advanced Career Courses."

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Practical Shop Math
  • Practical Shop Measurement
  • Safe Shop Practices
  • Properties and Classifications of Metals
  • Using Shop Drawings and Process and Routing Sheets
  • Layout
  • Metal Cutting & Machine Tooling
  • Metal Cutting Machinery
  • Fundamentals of Grinding
  • CNC Machine Tool Features and Advantages

Approximate Study Time: 56 hours

 

Basic Blueprint Reading

This program provides students with the skills needed to understand the various types of blueprints, shop prints and schematics used in an industrial environment.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Reading Prints and Schematics
  • Elements of Print Reading
  • Reading Shop Prints
  • Reading Electrical Schematics and Blueprints

Approximate Study Time: 158 hours

CNC Machining

With the automation of machines and technologies, many career opportunities working with computer numerical control (CNC) have become available. CNC Machining covers numerical control basics, the history of numerical control, how numerical control operates, and machine tools.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Introduction to Computer Numerical Control
  • Word Address Programming and CAD/CAM
  • Programming and Operating Machining Centers
  • Programming and Operating Turning Centers
  • Alternate Machining Technologies
  • Conversational Programming
  • Statistical Process Control

Approximate Study Time: 90 hours

Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Study the components, concepts, operation, and applications of hydraulic power and systems. Learn about basic principles of pneumatics, as well as how to diagnose problems in pneumatic and hydraulic systems. You’ll study how gases are used to control or supply energy to a process, and electronic devices and controls utilized in pneumatic systems.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Hydraulic Power Basics
  • Actuators, Pumps, and Motors
  • Conductors, Conditioners, and Fluids
  • Hydraulic Power System Control
  • Hydraulic System Schematics
  • Hydraulic Power System Troubleshooting
  • Pneumatics, Part 1
  • Pneumatics, Part 2
  • Pneumatics, Part 3

Approximate Study Time: 90 hours

 

Introduction to Drafting and Computer Aided Design

Study how to draw different views of an object and the relationship between different views along with how you can use the drafter’s world language to accurately convey your ideas to others. You’ll also learn visual communication skills necessary to successfully complete the wide range of courses in technology programs that require learning to read and interpret technical drawings. You'll learn print reading, interpretation of symbols and abbreviations, the six principles of orthographic views, and the application of these skills to actual print reading.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • The Drafter’s World
  • Size and Shape Description
  • Computer-Aided Design Basics
  • Sketching
  • Orthographic Projection
  • Introduction to Print Reading
  • Print Reading Applications

Approximate Study Time: 97 hours

Introduction to Manufacturing

Manufacturing is a thriving industry. Nearly every product you consume has been manufactured in some way and every advancement in technology is leading to more and more opportunities in this critical field. To understand how the manufacturing industry works, you'll first need to learn the basics. This course will guide you through the "who, what, when, how, and why" behind the manufacturing industry, laying a valuable foundation for the rest of your studies. You'll also get a brief introduction to different manufacturing methods than you'll study more in-depth as your learning progresses.

Course Details

Lessons in this program include:

  • The What, When, and Who of Manufacturing
  • The How and Why of Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Methods

Approximate Study Time: 29

Introduction to Welding

This program will provide learners with the fundamental skills they need to begin a career in the welding industry. Begin by learning basic measurements and bench work principles before moving into a variety of welding practices.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Fundamentals of Welding
  • Basic Measurements
  • Bench Work
  • Gas Welding
  • Practical Metallurgy for Welders
  • Arc Welding
  • Arc Welding of Steel and Other Metals

Approximate Study Time: 250 hours

Supervising the Front Line

Moving into a supervisory or leadership position such as foreman or team leader can be difficult if you don't have the right leadership training. Learn the background of a supervisor's roles and responsibilities. This includes an overview of effective leadership and identifying responsibilities and potential challenges or opportunities that might appear in the role. Leading teams is a key skill for supervisors. However, this isn't one skill, but a mix of many skills. For example, to be a good supervisor you need great communication and leadership skills. This includes everything from writing clear emails to creating incentives that motivate your team. You also must be able to recruit new workers and provide guidance, support, and discipline to your team.

Course Details

Lessons in this program include:

  • Supervision and Leadership
  • Communications and Supervisors
  • Leadership and Interpersonal  Skills for Supervisors
  • Personnel and Performance Management for Supervisors
  • Team Building for Supervisors

 Approximate Study Time: 46 hours

Warehousing and Distribution

This program will introduce you to the basics of the warehousing industry, covering foundational skills like various forms of measurement and the principles of managing a physical distribution process. To progress further in this career path after you have completed this course, we suggest you consider enrolling in the Warehousing and Distribution Supervisor course. You can find that course listed under "Advanced Career Courses."

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Industrial Safety
  • Basic Industrial Math
  • Basic English Language Skills
  • Basic Computer Knowledge
  • Practical Measurements
  • Managing Physical Distribution

Approximate Study Time: 190 hours

ADVANCED CAREER COURSES

CNC Operator

A CNC operator needs a certain set of fundamental skills, as well as a working knowledge of machining skills. This program includes introductory course work in safety and quality, industrial math, and basic English and computer skills. It also includes course work in basic machining skills, information about various tools and machinery, and a comprehensive study of CNC technology and programming.

Course Details

Lessons in this program include:

  • Industrial Safety
  • Industrial Math
  • Basic English Language Skills
  • Basic Computer Knowledge
  • Advanced Industrial Math
  • Quality
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Basic Machining Skills
  • CNC Technology and Programming

Approximate Study Time: 318 hours

Electronic Technician

In this program, you will learn the foundational skills that can help you be successful as an electronic technician. Study basic electronic procedures, linear/digital technology, integrated circuit techniques, electrical repair, and much more!

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Industrial Safety
  • Basic Industrial Math
  • Basic English Language Skills
  • Basic Computer Knowledge
  • Practical Measurements
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Introduction to Electronics
  • Conductors and Resistors
  • Electronic Hardware and Test Equipment
  • Passive and Active Electronic Components
  • AC Circuits
  • Resonant Circuits
  • Advanced Electronic Components
  • Electronic Sensors and Devices
  • Electronic Circuits and Power
  • Component Testers
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Reading Electrical Schematics and Blueprints
  • Print Reading
  • Basic Measurements
  • Troubleshooting Electronic Equipment and Systems
  • Logic Circuits
  • Linear and Digital Integrated Circuits

Approximate Study Time: 700 hours

Frontline Supervisor

This program is designed for those already working in an industrial workplace, and helps you gain the knowledge to take on a supervisory role. You’ll learn about personnel and performance management, interpersonal skills, problem solving, critical thinking, and more.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Supervision and Leadership
  • Communication for Supervisors
  • Leadership and Interpersonal Skills for 
  • Personnel and Performance Management
  • Team Building
  • Organization and Time Management for Supervisors
  • Internal and External Customer Service
  • Results-Driven Supervisors
  • Cost Accounting to Track Progress and Cost
  • Problem Solving for Supervisors
  • Critical Thinking for Supervisors
  • Conflict Management for Supervisors
  • Lean Manufacturing Basics
  • Manufacturing Efficiency and Effectiveness
  • OSHA Administration

Approximate Study Time: 241 hours

Machine Operator - Level 1

Level 1 of the Machine Operator program focuses on the foundational skills you'll need to begin a career in the machining industry. After tackling the basics of practical measurements, print reading, and various hand and power tools, students will spend time focused on more advanced skills pertaining to metalwork, pumps, power transmissions, and more.

Course Details

Lessons in this program include:

  • Industrial Safety
  • Basic Industrial Math
  • Basic English Language Skills
  • Basic Computer Knowledge
  • Practical Measurements
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Quality
  • Print Reading
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Bench Work
  • Lubrication
  • Precision Measuring Instruments
  • Metals
  • Fasteners
  • Bearings and Seals
  • Pumps, Power Transmission, and Materials Handling

Approximate Study Time: 441 hours

Production and Assembly

This program will provide you with the essential skills you need to excel in a Production and Assembly career. You'll begin by learning about basic industrial math and safety skills before moving into more advanced job skills such as working with hand and power tools, process control, various material types, print reading, and more!

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Industrial Safety
  • Basic Industrial Math
  • Basic English Language Skills
  • Basic Computer Knowledge
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Fasteners
  • Process Control Principles and Instruments
  • Properties of Materials
  • Print Reading
  • Preventative Maintenance

 

 

Approximate Study Time: 347 hours

Warehousing and Distribution Supervisor

This program will teach you the skills you need to be able to successfully manage a team of Warehousing and Distribution workers and oversee the distribution process. Learn advanced skills in people-focused areas such as problem solving and conflict management, as well as industry-focused areas such as learn manufacturing, physical distribution, and preventative maintenance.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Introduction to Front Line and Warehouse Supervisor
  • Warehouse Business Basics
  • Business Math
  • Business and Technical Writing
  • Leading Teams for Optimal Performance
  • Building Organizational Skills and Measuring Results
  • Problem Solving and Conflict Management
  • Lean Manufacturing and OSHA Administration
  • Managing Physical Distribution
  • Preventative Maintenance

 

 

Approximate Study Time: 268 hours

Penn Foster High School (Self-Pay)

Penn Foster High School

Earn your high school diploma online with Penn Foster by enrolling in this program. Penn Foster's nationally-accredited high school completion program consists of 21.5 credits (transfer credit accepted) and each course is broken down into small mobile-friendly lessons to help you on your journey. Earning your high school diploma has never been easier! Currently only available in the U.S. through the Aspire Academy.

Tuition Details

Full Cost: $800

*option to pay monthly at $80/month

*If you need tuition assistance through the Adecco Group US Foundation, please contact your recruiter or account manager.

 

Currently only available in the U.S. through the Aspire Academy.

What is the Aspire Academy?

The Adecco Group US Foundation has partnered with online skills training provider, Penn Foster, to launch the Aspire Academy – a fully sponsored online training initiative that allows Adecco and Olsten associates to learn new skills online, at no cost them.

Why should I enroll in the Aspire Academy?

Through the Aspire Academy, you will learn invaluable job skills that will help you take your career to the next level. By enrolling in these online courses, you will be able to learn on your own time and at your own pace with Penn Foster’s online and mobile-friendly learning platform.

How do I become eligible for the Aspire Academy?

As an Adecco or Olsten associate, you’re eligible to enroll in a Penn Foster course once you’ve interviewed with a recruiter and completed all your new-hire paperwork – including providing your identification to verify your work authorization.

This does not mean you have to be on an assignment to be eligible to enroll in courses, but you have to be active in our candidate and associate database.

You’ll be able to sign-up for your first course the week following the completion of the candidate onboarding process outlined above. You’ll remain eligible to enroll in courses as long as you are actively working, or looking for work with us.

If more than 6 months have passed since you last spoke with your representative, you’ll need to reach out to your local contact to reactivate your file. Make sure you regularly check your email for information on how to enroll in classes and how to stay on track once you’re enrolled.

 

How do I enroll in the Aspire Academy?

To enroll in a program through the Aspire Academy, choose the program on this page that you wish to enroll in, and click "Enroll Now." From there, you will be directed to an enrollment form. Once you fill out this form, you will be emailed instructions to get started!

How much money does it cost to enroll in the courses?

If you meet the eligibility requirements, nothing! The Aspire Academy programs are all available at no cost to eligible associates. See “How do I become eligible for the Aspire Academy?” to review the eligibility requirements.

How do I access the course material?

All course content will be delivered through Penn Foster’s Student Portal. You will have access to your course content upon logging into the Portal for the first time. Once logged in, click on “Program and Courses” in the left navigation bar to see the courses in your program. You can also get started directly from your dashboard by clicking “Start” on your home dashboard.

Can I change courses if I decide I don't like the one I'm enrolled in? If so, how?

Yes, you can always change courses if you decide that you want to do so. To change courses, you should call our support line at (800) 233-0259 or email clientsupport@pennfoster.edu

What are the benefits of Penn Foster's online learning platform?

Penn Foster’s online learning platform provides the following benefits to students:

  • Mobile-friendly solution for on-the-go learning
  • Self-paced programs allow students to learn at a comfortable speed
  • Academic and motivational support along the way to help students achieve success

Where can I reach out for support questions?

For all support related inquiries, you can either send an email to clientsupport@pennfoster.edu or call (800) 233-0259, and someone will be happy to assist you!