Innovative Strategies for Improving College and Career Readiness for Students with Disabilities

The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) proudly funded innovative strategies during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years that were developed by the twenty grant recipients listed below. These strategies provided an opportunity to improve secondary transition services and post school outcomes not only for students with disabilities, but for all students. An external evaluation of the project was completed by CH Smith & Associates, LLC. A summary of the evaluator's report can be found at this link.

OEC will support focused implementation during the 2017-2018 school year for those recipients marked with *. OEC thanks our recipients for their dedication to making a difference!

This link provides a download for a printable copy of the table below:

Innovative Strategies for Improving College and Career Readiness for Students with Disabilities

(click the strategy title to view a description)


Lead Agency

Strategy Title


1 *Putnam County Educational Service Center, Ottawa WBL – Work Based Learning Dr. Jan Osborn
2 *North Point Educational Service Center, Sandusky Journey to Jobs Karen Ruf
3 *Cuyahoga Heights Schools, Cuyahoga Heights The College and Career Pathways Program: Integrating the Professional Learning Community of College and Career Readiness for the Adolescent Learner Dr. Theodore Caleris
4 *Mentor Exempted Village School District, Mentor Cardinal Capabilities for College and Careers Hillary Hoose
5 *Mahoning County Educational Service Center and *Mahoning County Career & Technical Center, Youngstown Transition Implementation Program Linda Yosay
6 *Bellefontaine City Schools, Bellefontaine I.M.P.A.C.T.
Imagine Making Positive Changes Together
Shanel Henry
7 *Marion City School District, Marion Pathways of Promise Amy Wood
8 *The Six District Educational Compact, Hudson Compact Compass:  The 4 E’s Initiative Mary Jane Stanchina
9 *Stark County Educational Service Center, Canton Utilizing the Evidence-Based Predictors: The Path to Positive Post-School Outcomes through Career Awareness, Occupational/Vocational Education, and Authentic Community-Based Work Experience Andrew Burman 
Susie McKelvey
10 West Carrollton City Schools, West Carrollton Innovative Strategies for Secondary Transition Melissa Theis
11 *Marysville Exempted Village School District, Marysville CAPS (Continuing Achievement in Postsecondary Success) Kimberly Jude
12 *Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center, Zanesville Inspire Action 4 Youth Cathy Morgan
13 *Hamilton County Educational Service Center, Cincinnati Business Partnership/Work Experience Hub Development Tracy Atchinson
14 *Southern Ohio Educational Service Center, Hillsboro Clinton County Agency Collaboration for Transition Youth Beth Justice
15 *South Central Ohio Educational Service Center, New Boston Goal Setting for My Future Sandy Mers
16 *Tri-County Career Center, Athens Advocates for College and Career Transition (ACCT) Ann Hinkle
1 *Toledo Public Schools School to Work Initiative Christine Hamilton
3 Cleveland Metropolitan Schools Providing Access to Career and Technical Opportunities for Students with Intensive and Multiple Disabilities Jessica Baldwin
8 *Akron Public Schools Facilitating and Sustaining Evidence-based Practices in an Urban District RaeLynn Daviso
13 *Cincinnati Public Schools Planning for Success Susan Bunte

Last Modified: 3/16/2018 12:02:06 PM