Welcome to the Columbus City Schools

Department of Adult & Community Education

Dr. Dan Good
Superintendent, Columbus City Schools

Pegeen Cleary, BA, MA
Director, Adult and Community Education

Patricia Harris, BSN, MSN, RN
Health Occupations Supervisor, Adult and Community Education

For over 50 years, the Columbus City Schools Department of Adult and Community Education has been committed to providing programs for lifelong learning. Adult Workforce Education courses can be taken in health occupations and skilled trades. Online course offerings include over 1000 classes, most starting at just $89. You can prepare to earn your GED by attending free GED preparation classes, and foreign born adults can learn to read, write, and speak English in our English for Speakers of Other Languages program.

Classes are conveniently located at different sites throughout Franklin County. We encourage you to read through this website to see how we may help you reach your personal and career goals. We welcome you to call our Customer Services office to register or to obtain additional information about our programs. 


The Department of Adult and Community Education is approved by the Ohio Board of Regents, University System of Ohio and is nationally accredited through the Council on Occupational Education (COE). The Department is also designated as one of Ohio’s Full-Service Centers. To receive this designation, a school must offer comprehensive training programs with advanced technological capabilities, modern equipment, and qualified instructors. All instructors hold a teaching certificate issued by the Ohio Department of Education.

School Year

The academic year for Adult and Community Education programs is 960 hours. 



ACE Vision Statement

“The Department of Adult and Community Education of Columbus City Schools will provide the quality academic and occupational education that all students need for successful living in the 21st century.”

Columbus City Schools Mission

"Each student is highly educated, prepared for leadership and service, and empowered for success as a citizen in a global community."  

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday