Career & Community Studies

Save the Date

What You Need to Know to Get Ready for a College Experience

DATE:  Saturday, February 12, 2022

TIME:  8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

PLACE:  White Hall (WTH) Building at Kent State (Construction in progress - Enter under the building)    

Students: Room 100 White Hall

Adults: Room 200 White Hall

Students will learn: (for high school students grades 10 or above)

  • How college is different from high school
  • What to do now to get ready for college
  • What it means to go to college
  • Meet current CCS students and mentors
  • Tour campus (weather permitting) – Be prepared to walk outside

Parents/Schools will receive information concerning:

  • Program requirements
  • Enrollment
  • Program of Study
  • Costs
  • Residential Opportunities
  • How to prepare for life after high school and/or a college experience
  • IEP transition goals


RSVP: yhale@kent.eduplease let us know if there are any student mobility considerations

Parking available adjacent to White Hall Building

GPS Address:  150 Terrace Drive, Kent, OH  44242

On the corner of Main St. Kent (RT 59) and Terrace Drive

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.

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.