Education

YSU Joins College2Careers Program for Students with Disabilities

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown State University is among the public universities in Ohio to offer the College2Careers program, offering students with disabilities help in completing their degrees and finding jobs.

Through the program, 15 public universities will receive funding to hire full-time voactional rehabilitation counselors to aid students. YSU’s counselor is Bill Koch, who will work through the Disability Service Office. More than 500 students are aided by the office each school year.

“Having an office right here at YSU allows me to have more immediate contact with students and hopefully will help us provide more efficient services,” said Koch, a vocational rehabilitation counselor who has worked for 15 years with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities.

Koch is a licensed professional clinical counselor who previously worked at Turning Point Counseling Services.

“In the beginning, we can provide support to a student by helping with any services not already available through YSU and by helping them look for internships,” he said. “We can also help with non-permanent job placement to give them early work experiences. And, at the end, we can provide job development and placement services, as well as any needed supports to allow them to thrive in a new career.”

For more information on the Colleges2Careers program or other services provided by the Disability Services Office, call 330 941 1372.

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