OOD offers Ohio College2Careers at 15 public colleges and universities in Ohio to ensure students with disabilities have the support they need to complete their degree and/or credential, earn higher wages, and meet the demands of tomorrow’s labor market. These counselors are located within the disability services offices at colleges to assist students with disabilities with additional supports:
Career exploration & counseling
Resume and interview preparation
Internships & permanent employment
Assistance navigating OhioMeansJobs resources
Connection to an expansive employer partner network
Am I Eligible?
Visit your disability services office on campus and meet with an Ohio College2Career Counselor to find out if you are eligible for services. OOD serves individuals with physical, intellectual, sensory, and mental health disabilities. If you do not see your school listed below, OOD may still be able to support you to attain and maintain employment. Please visit www.OODWorks.com to explore vocational rehabilitation, take a self-assessment, and apply for services.
Locations and Contacts
A fact sheet on Ohio College2Careers is also available.
Quotes of Support from Presidents of Colleges and Universities
"Central Ohio Technical College is proud of the many services and resources we provide our students on their journey to earning a degree and/or certificate. Ohio College2Careers adds an additional layer of support for our students with disabilities. The OOD counselor we have on-site helps with everything from career counseling to placement services. She works with our students to make sure they are making progress toward their employment goals.”
John M. Berry, Ph.D.
President, Central Ohio Technical College
"We are thrilled to be part of Ohio College2Careers. The ability for OOD to work with our team, so that students can access a multitude of resources, will help students get to the next step of their lives and careers.”
David Harrison, Ph.D.
Columbus State Community College
Lorain County Community College applauds Governor DeWine’s investment to establish Ohio as a disability inclusion state and model employer of individuals with disabilities. As the community’s college, we believe in helping all individuals achieve their fullest potential and are absolutely delighted to be part of Ohio College2Careers. Partnering with ODD, we will be able to significantly enhance the resources available to help our more than 600 students with disabilities to thrive in learning, careers and in all aspects of life. The ability to have an ODD vocational rehabilitation counselor on-site in our office of Accessibility Services will add to the base of support already in place at LCCC and provide the added targeted help they need to finish a credential or degree that leads to meaningful employment.”
Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D.
President, Lorain County Community College
"The ability for our students with disabilities to succeed is top of mind. It’s refreshing to have the OOD counselor come on campus, embrace what we’re doing for students with disabilities, and bring the career aspect. We couldn’t be more delighted to be part of Ohio College2Careers.”
Gregory P. Crawford, Ph.D.
President, Miami University
"Stark State College has already experienced the synergies and benefits of the Ohio College2Careers partnership. It has been educational for our faculty and staff to align the various obstacles our students face with the extensive services of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. Student success is our number one focus and this partnership is another means for us to holistically support our students in their college and career goals.”
Para M. Jones, Ph.D.
President, Stark State College
"Ohio College2Careers connects students with resources that enrich their academic experience and builds bridges to lasting professional success. We are proud to partner with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities to support this important program and expand pathways to an accessible and excellent college education for all."
Michael V. Drake, MD
President, The Ohio State University
"Ohio University has made a strong commitment to provide an accessible educational environment that supports all students as they pursue their academic goals. We have recently partnered with OOD to offer the Ohio College2Careers program on our campus. This extra level of support will help students with disabilities navigate their college experience as they prepare for a satisfying and successful professional future.”
M. Duane Nellis, Ph.D.
President, The Ohio University
"The University of Akron is pleased to partner with OOD and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine through Ohio College2Careers. This program will enhance the current support UA provides to students with disabilities by expanding the services available to them as they transition to the work place – whether that’s through co-op placement, internships or career after graduation. I want to thank Governor DeWine for this investment in our students.”
Gary L. Miller
President, The University of Akron
"The University of Toledo is excited to be hosting a College2Careers counselor on our campus. This insures that the approximately 1,000 students on our campus that access our Student Disability Services now have additional in-person support from an Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.”
Sharon L. Graber
President, The University of Toledo
"The University of Cincinnati welcomes the partnership of OOD and Ohio Governor DeWine to help our students succeed through Ohio College2Careers. We are grateful for this assistance in ensuring that our students with disabilities complete their degrees and transition into thriving careers.”
Neville G. Pinto, Ph.D.
President, University of Cincinnati
"Providing affordable inclusive and accessible opportunities for students with disabilities is a core value for Wright State. We are pleased to be part of OOD and the Ohio Department of Higher Education's College2Careers program and know our 850 in-state disabled student scholars will benefit from the enhanced supports and services helping prepare and place them into the workforce. Much like our Raiders on the Autism Spectrum Excelling program and our Personal Attendant Station for students with physical disabilities, the College2Careers program provides opportunities for our students that are rarely found in higher education."
Cheryl B. Schrader, Ph.D.
President, Wright State University
“We are excited to collaborate with OOD by supporting the Ohio College2Careers program on our campus. Youngstown State University has over 500 students registered with our Disability Service Office that will benefit from the partnership by having the ease of meeting with the embedded counselor in a location that is convenient and well known. This partnership will remove barriers and empower our students to seek employment that is aligned with their education and skills. Thank you for providing such an incredible opportunity for our students with disabilities.”
James P. Tressel
President, Youngstown State University