Career Plus Program

Career Plus Program

Our Purpose

The Career Plus Program is a 2 year program for students who have chosen to defer their diploma for focused vocational training that prepares students for competitive employment and independent living.  The program consists of classroom work and on the job training.  Educational classes are provided in a comprehensive communication environment, including sign language, providing students direct access to class material.  Onsite and off-site work experiences mirror the diversity of workplaces in our community with the assistance of a job coach/interpreter.
 
The Career Plus Program is highly individualized.  After learning the strengths, needs, interests and preferences of the student, they are paired with work experiences that are tailored to their skills and interests.  Our off-campus partners change yearly based on students' interests and needs in order to maintain a high level of individualization focusing on career development. 

Program Benefits

The Career Plus Program provides personalized instruction to support competitive employability skills, language enhancement and financial literacy that includes:
 
  • Self-Advocacy Training (ie. self-identification of accessibility and accommodations)
  • Employment rights as an individual with a disability and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Resume writing and interviewing skills
  • Job experiences on campus with various departments
  • Authentic employment experiences with business partners matched with the student's strengths and interests
  • Job Coach/Interpreter
  • Partnership with Board of Developmental Disabilities and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) 

Community Partnerships

Bonnie Lynn's Bakery
The BonBonerie 
Expressions by Elizabeth
Gorman Heritage Farm
Group Sales
Iacono Company
Lakeview Garden Center & Landscaping
LaRosa's Pizzeria
Matthew 25 Ministries
Meijer 
Vonderhaar's Catering 
 
"Partnering with St. Rita's on the Career Plus Program has been wonderful experiences for all of our staff members.  Having the opportunity to enrich the lives of these students by instructing them in the ways of our craft has been an awesome and humbling experience.  I think that this journey has taught us more about life than anyone ever anticipated."
     - Doug Craven, Shop Manager, Iacono Company 

For More Information Contact:

Natalie Marsh

Principal JrHS/HS/Career Plus Program

Email: nmarsh@srsdeaf.org or Phone: 513-771-7600 Ext. 384 

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