Career & Community Studies | College of Education, Health and Human Services | Kent State University

Career & Community Studies

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.