We are your local resource for continued education support in Ashtabula County.
ACCESS is a 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 1999 and began serving students in the 2000-2001 school year. In 2005, ACCESS was part of a federal GEAR UP grant in which Ashtabula County was one of eight sites across Ohio that came together for one state grant program. This grant provided direct student services in the areas of higher education, career early awareness and preparation for high school and middle school students in the Conneaut School District, which later expanded to other school districts in the county.
Lessons were developed that aligned with the goals of GEAR UP and also met the standards of each grade level and subject area. The ACCESS/GEAR UP Advisors presented the lessons and workshops to students and parents. Since establishing a productive program, ACCESS has expanded services and successfully provided one-on-one student sessions to more than 100,000 middle and high school students in Ashtabula County since 2000.
The Mission of ACCESS is to present Ashtabula County students with the information, strategies and resources that are essential for progression through an educational pathway that leads to a career.
Our team strives to meet our mission by integrating into the students day to day education. We have ACCESS advisors placed in each of the Ashtabula County public high schools; each student is guaranteed a meeting with their school's advisor. By maintaining a regular presence in the schools our advisors are able to provide a secondary source for career guidance focused exclusively on developing individuals plans for after graduation.
Emily Dobran, Ph.D.
Andrea Sullivan, M.Ed.
Anna Applebee, ATECH Advisor
Teresa Humensky, Grand Valley High School Advisor
Jeremy Stiles, Jefferson High School Advisor
Erin Smolinski, Pymatuning Valley High School Advisor
Glenda Betteridge, Edgewood High School Advisor
Collette Goodson, Geneva High School Advisor
Janet Gerdes, Conneaut High School Advisor
Andrea Sullivan, Lakeside High School Advisor
Board of Directors
Kaitie Park, President
Ashtabula County MHRS Board
Cindy Rabe, Vice President
Manager of Business Services
Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County
Scott Brown, Secretary
Pymatuning Valley High School
David Thomas, Treasurer
Ashtabula County Auditor
Ashtabula County Auditor's Office
Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus
Gabriel Chemical, INC
Ashtabula County Educational Service Center Superintendent
Youth Services Coordinator
Conneaut Public Library
ASHTA Chemicals, INC
Dr. Tim Neal
Conneaut High School
Senior Advisor I
College Credit Plus Advisor
Kent State University Ashtabula