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 America through work-related programs, partnerships, and investments that create greater economic opportunity for 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.

Through the Aspire Academy, we partner with community-based organizations dedicated to empowering communities and changing lives. 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 offers foundational, introductory and advanced courses, and all are designed to be completed within a year (some more quickly that others) – moving at a pace that is comfortable for you!

Browse the programs below and enroll today!

ASPIRE ACADEMY

AVAILABLE COURSES

FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS

Career Readiness Bootcamp

The Career Readiness Bootcamp 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

Students will earn skills badges throughout this program. For more information on what a skills badge is and how you can use it, see "What is a skills badge?" in the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

Career Readiness Bootcamp (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

Students will earn skills badges throughout this program. For more information on what a skills badge is and how you can use it, see "What is a skills badge?" in the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

Digital Literacy

Learn about the digital tools applicable to office and online environments. Explore the functions of the Microsoft® Word™, Excel®, and PowerPoint®, as well as their practical applications. Learn the use and management of social media in a business environment, including such marketing strategies as branding, promotions, SEO, analytics, and positive, appropriate communication. Study the tools that are available to assist with web-based collaboration.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Creating and Managing Social Media Accounts
  • Marketing and Using Social Media
  • Search Engine Optimization and Analytics
  • Web Tools

Approximate Study Time: 61 hours

 

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: 40 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

Interpersonal Communication

In this program, you will learn how to communicate and interact with other people in a professional manner. These skills will serve you well in any workplace as you build relationships with colleagues and/or customers.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Interpersonal Communication Skills

Approximate Study Time: 7 hours

Microsoft® Excel®

This program will teach learners how to use Microsoft® Excel®. You'll learn how to use Microsoft® Excel® to organize and format data, including charts, formulas, and more complex tables.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Excel Graded Project

Approximate Study Time: 22 hours

Students will earn skills badges throughout this program. For more information on what a skills badge is and how you can use it, see "What is a skills badge?" in the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

Microsoft® Office® Suite

This online Microsoft® Office® training program can help you gain the knowledge and skills needed to improve your Microsoft® Office® skills in a variety of work environments. You’ll learn how to use Microsoft® Word,™ Excel,® and PowerPoint,® as well as how to integrate Microsoft® Office® applications. Software not included.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Integrating Word and Excel
  • Integrating Word, Excel, and Other Data into PowerPoint

Approximate Study Time: 105 hours

Students will earn skills badges throughout this program. For more information on what a skills badge is and how you can use it, see "What is a skills badge?" in the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

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

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

INTRODUCTORY CAREER COURSES

Administrative Assistant Careers

The Administrative Assistant Careers program will help you gain the foundational knowledge and skills relevant to performing an administrative assistant job. To progress further in this career path after you have completed this short course, we suggest you consider enrolling in the Administrative Assistant course. You can find that course listed under "Advanced Career Courses."

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Stress and Time Management
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Administrative Office Procedures
  • Travel and Meeting Planning

Approximate Study Time: 37 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

 

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

Students will earn skills badges throughout this program. For more information on what a skills badge is and how you can use it, see "What is a skills badge?" in the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

Call Center Customer Service

In this program, you'll learn how to ensure positive interactions with diverse populations, and explore various channels of communication and strategies for overcoming communication barriers. You'll learn about the importance of teamwork, different roles of team members, characteristics of leadership, and strategies for overcoming conflict employed by successful teams.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Customer Service Matters
  • Feedback, Expectations, and Living
  • Respect
  • Communication Skills
  • Teamwork

Approximate Study Time: 62 hours

Contact Tracer

The Contact Tracer pathway program will train learners to properly track and monitor contacts over the phone and perform data entry as part of infectious disease control measures employed by local and state health departments and other health organizations. In this program, you will obtain an understanding of the medical terms and principles of exposure, infection, infectious period, potentially infectious interactions, symptoms of disease, and pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic infection.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Patient communication and customer service skills
  • Patient confidentiality and HIPAA
  • Understanding infection, infectious disease and transmission
  • Computer and administrative skills

Approximate Study Time: 34 hours

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

Students will earn skills badges throughout this program. For more information on what a skills badge is and how you can use it, see "What is a skills badge?" in the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

Retail Associate Certificate

Have experience in the retail industry and want to build on your current knowledge? This course reviews the fundamentals such as People, Personal, and Workplace Skills, while also developing retail-specific knowledge in Business Math and Customer Experience in order to prepare you to take the next step in your career.

COURSE DETAILS

Lessons in this program include:

  • Respect, Communication, and Teamwork
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Customer Focus
  • Working with Tools and Technology
  • Integrity, Professionalism, and Adaptability
  • Consumer Behavior in the Retail Industry
  • Customer Service and Retail Transactions
  • Retail Store Environment: Design and Maintenance
  • Whole Numbers
  • Fraction, Decimals, and the Metric System
  • Percentages, Income, and Interest

Approximate Study Time: 70 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

Administrative Assistant

This online Administrative Assistant program consists of eight courses to help you gain the knowledge and skills relevant for performing administrative assistant jobs in a variety of settings - including corporate businesses, law firms, banks, hospitals, and more.

COURSE DETAILS

Courses in this program include:

  • Introduction to Administrative Assistant
  • Workplace Communication Skills
  • Administrative Office Procedures
  • Filing and Records Management
  • Technologies in the Workplace
  • Business English
  • Computer Applications
  • Bookkeeping and Office Management

Approximate Study Time: 198 hours

Students will earn skills badges throughout this program. For more information on what a skills badge is and how you can use it, see "What is a skills badge?" in the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

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

Students will earn skills badges throughout this program. For more information on what a skills badge is and how you can use it, see "What is a skills badge?" in the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

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

Students will earn skills badges throughout this program. For more information on what a skills badge is and how you can use it, see "What is a skills badge?" in the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

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

Students will earn skills badges throughout this program. For more information on what a skills badge is and how you can use it, see "What is a skills badge?" in the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

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

Students will earn skills badges throughout this program. For more information on what a skills badge is and how you can use it, see "What is a skills badge?" in the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

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

Students will earn skills badges throughout this program. For more information on what a skills badge is and how you can use it, see "What is a skills badge?" in the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

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!

Tuition Details

Full Cost: $800

*option to pay monthly at $80/month

 

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 requirements for eligibility as an Adecco Group associate, 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) 587-4541 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) 587-4541, and someone will be happy to assist you!

What is a skills badge?

A skills badge is a virtual credential you earn for completing a certain lesson or set of lessons in a course. Several of the Aspire Academy programs have skills badges that you can earn as you progress toward completion. You can check to see if your program of choice includes skills badges by clicking the "Course Details" dropdown menu below the course description.

Badges are a great way to show that you've mastered a specific skill or competency. Upon earning a badge, you will be able to download it virtually and share it online to show off your success to the world!