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Career and Community Studies (CCS)

Career and Community Studies (CCS)
Kent State University
Career and Community Studies (CCS)
150 Terrace Drive
218 White Hall, Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242
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Program Contact Dr. Vonnie Michali
Phone 330.672.0725

Career & Community Studies is a four-year, college-based, transition, non-degree program to prepare students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism for adult life through academic pursuits, peer socialization and career discovery and preparation. The program integrates inclusive classes, a typical college experience, and a transition curriculum to assist students in achieving adult roles and a quality of life in a community of their choosing. Students can attend if they have graduated or exited from high school at the time first semester begins. Accepting 10-12 new students every fall for a capacity of 45-50 students in the program. Applications accepted each Fall for the following academic year. Students in the CCS program take a combination of individualized CCS courses, inclusive Kent State courses specific to career choice and personal interests. In addition to courses, students will have 1170-1260 hours of work experience in practicum/internship opportunities.   Peer mentors provide academic, social, career, and independent living support and guidance to enrich the college experience.  Extracurricular activities include joining a club of choice, going to college sports events, working out at the Student Health and Wellness Center, and much more.  Students must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credits in order to graduate. Students receive a Record of Completion and official transcript of courses taken.  Inclusive on-campus housing is available.  CCS students are KSU students with all of the priveleges, experiences, and responsibilities that come with being a college student.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 12
Deadline to apply to this program: Fall for enrollment for next fall
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Minimum 4th grade reading level
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 48%
Retention rate: 89%
Tuition amount: $10,012.00
Room and board: $9,908.00
Program specific fees: $4,000.00
Additional costs: $400.00
Out-of-state tuition $19,920.00 KSU course text books estimate $400/year Residential students share cost of Independent Living Mentors (ILM) who provide 15 hours/week evening and weekend social support to help students become involved in campus activities and clubs. Approximate student to ILM ratio is 1 to 3.
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

National Down Syndrome
Ruby's Rainbow
Local persons, businesses and organizations sponsor student
University scholarship

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Students take KSU courses specific to career interest. An academic mentor attends class with student while student increases skills until he/she can get to and participate in class independently. Faculty, student, and CCS staff work together to modify KSU course syllabus. Students receive tutoring and other skills development in Academic Support Labs where homework assignments and test preparation occur.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

CCS courses students take include but not limited to: Assistive Technology, Self-Determination, Disability Awareness, Recreation and Leisure, and Health & Wellness.

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Record of Completion awarded by Kent State University
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 40%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 90%
We offer the following specialized credentials:


Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Inclusive off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

KSU has over 370 clubs available. Examples of clubs that CCS students have joined are: ballroom dancing, robotics, bowling, history, equestrian. Students attend other social events such as: football, basketball and other sports events, comedy night, karaoke nights, theater productions, poetry readings, campus ministries, Destination Kent State, Blast-Off Weekend, Parent weekend, Flash dance, and more!

Last updated: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 15:27