Career and Community Studies (Non-Degree)

College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
405 White Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2294
www.kent.edu/ehhs/ldes


Description

Career and Community Studies is a college-based, transition, non-degree program to prepare students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury and autism (ages 18 and older) 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 first year of the program is designed as a foundation with courses covering disability issues, personal development, health and wellness, and literacies. 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.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

The program is limited to 10-12 students each fall. Students participating in the program experience intellectual and developmental disabilities that may affect some intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior. Other qualifications include documentation of past successful work, academic, leadership, and community participation. Also required for admission are a completed application, reference letters, and an in-person interview with the CCS admission committee.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Become more self-determined persons who are better prepared for independent living and the achievement of career goals.
  2. Gain confidence in critical and independent thinking, and use their own voice and vision in order to be active and informed citizens.
  3. Understand basic concepts of the academic disciplines, and apply imagination and creativity as they begin a lifelong pursuit of knowledge.
  4. Demonstrate awareness of ethical implications of their own actions, and be positive role models who contribute to societal views concerning inclusion, community, and tolerance for diversity.

Program Requirements

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

[EH-NDUG-CCS]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
CCS 00005COLLEGE ORIENTATION 11
CCS 00010PERSONAL EXPLORATION I: NUTRITION AND PHYSCIAL FITNESS 3
CCS 00015ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE I: DISABILITY AWARENESS 3
CCS 00020TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY I 1
CCS 00025FINANCIAL LITERACY I 1
CCS 00030PHYSICAL EDUCATION I 1
CCS 00035HEALTH AND WELLNESS I: PERSONAL SOCIAL SKILLS 3
CCS 00105INTRODUCTION TO CAREER EXPLORATION 1
CCS 00110PERSONAL EXPLORATION II: INDEPENDENT LIVING AND LEISURE EDUCATION 3
CCS 00115ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE II: SELF-DETERMINATION 3
CCS 00120TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY II 1
CCS 00125FINANCIAL LITERACY II 1
CCS 00130PHYSICAL EDUCATION II 21
CCS 00135HEALTH AND WELLNESS II: HUMAN SEXUALITY 3
CCS 00205CAREER EXPLORATION I 1
CCS 00210ACADEMIC SUCCESS I 4
CCS 00215INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION SKILLS 33
CCS 00225FINANCIAL LITERACY III 1
CCS 00235HEALTH AND WELLNESS III: INJURY PREVENTION 3
CCS 00292SOPHOMORE PRACTICUM I 3
CCS 00305CAREER EXPLORATION II 1
CCS 00310ACADEMIC SUCCESS II 4
CCS 00325FINANCIAL LITERACY IV 1
CCS 00335HEALTH AND WELLNESS IV: HEALTHY LIVING AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE 3
CCS 00392SOPHOMORE PRACTICUM II 3
CCS 00405CAREER PREPARATION I: CHOOSING YOUR CAREER 3
CCS 00420ACADEMIC SUPPORT I 3
CCS 00492JUNIOR PRACTICUM III 4
CCS 00505CAREER PREPARATION II 3
CCS 00520ACADEMIC SUPPORT II 3
CCS 00592JUNIOR PRACTICUM IV 4
CCS 00605COMMUNITY LIFE I: LIFE AFTER COLLEGE 1
CCS 00606COMMUNITY LIFE I LABORATORY 3
CCS 00692SENIOR INTERNSHIP I 1-12
CCS 00705COMMUNITY LIFE II: MAKING COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS 1
CCS 00706COMMUNITY LIFE II LABORATORY 3
CCS 00792SENIOR INTERNSHIP II 1-12
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
CCS 00196FRESHMAN INDIVIDUAL STUDY 41-3
CCS 00296SOPHOMORE INDEPENDENT STUDY 41-3
CCS 00395SPECIAL TOPICS 51-4
CCS 00396JUNIOR INDEPENDENT STUDY 41-3
CCS 00495SPECIAL TOPICS 51-4
CCS 00496SENIOR INDEPENDENT STUDY 41-3
CCS 00595SPECIAL TOPICS 51-4
CCS 00695SPECIAL TOPICS 51-4
CCS 00795SPECIAL TOPICS 51-4
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Students enrolled in CCS 00005 also will attend sessions of UC 10097.

2

Students enrolled in CCS 00030 and CCS 00130 also will attend sessions of different Physical Education-Basic (PEB) courses. 

3

Students enrolled in CCS 00215 also will attend sessions of COMM 15000.

4

Students enrolled in CCS 00196 will need prior approval from their CCS Academic Advisor and the topic must pertain to a career field of interest.

5

Students enrolled in the Special Topics courses also will attend sessions of Kent State courses selected in consultation with an advisor. 

Graduation Requirement

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.500 -