Career & Community Studies

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2021 for 4-year and NEW 2-year programs!



The Career & Community Studies Program (CCS) is excited to offer two new two-year programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities or autism.  These programs are available beginning Fall 2020.  The programs are non-degree and require 60 credits to graduate.

Learn more about 2-year Programs

Video directed and shot by Anna Katsas

Upcoming Fall CCS Open House and Workshop 

Saturday, February 1, 2020 

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

200 White Hall

This Open House and Workshop is to share detailed information about the Career & Community Studies program at Kent State University. CCS is a transition college experience to prepare students (ages 18-26) with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and autism, for adult life. There are two simultaneous workshops. One for the student-10th grade and up – to learn how college is different from high school, meet CCS faculty and current students, and take a campus tour. The second workshop is for parents, teachers, and adult service providers where they will learn about the program, and what you need to know to get ready for adult life. These are free workshops, but RSVPs are requiredPlease email for more information.

This video was produced and edited by 2018 CCS alumnus Michael Humphrey.


Mission Statement: To create meaningful experiences for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities by maximizing opportunities in order to equip them to become self-determined and autonomous adults. 

Career and Community Studies (CCS) is a college-based, transition, non-degree program to prepare students with intellectual and developmental disabilities 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 choice. The CCS program is for students who have completed high school requirements and be at least 18 years of age. 

The first year of the program is designed as a foundation with courses covering disability issues, personal development, health and wellness, and preparing for a rigorous college experience. Year two allows students to extend their knowledge and skills in participating in college-level courses and other campus environments. The last two years focus on career-field specialization with courses in independent living, life-long learning competencies, and career development and employment, as well as internships in the community where students apply their learning in jobs of choice.