Our Employment Specialists are available to help your son/daughter/family member on their path to employment. We can share vocational expertise, help plan, and link people with available resources in our community. We are ready to help create measurable goals, monitor progress, and answer any questions you have. Contact us today to get started!
Our Employment Specialists:
- Link and provide on-going support with employment resources including OOD (Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities), Ohio Means Jobs, school based resources, and local employment service providers.
- Collaborate with your school district, transition personnel, teachers and other team members to assist you on your path to employment.
- Promote and support communication between team members related to your employment goals.
- Identify and link youth with integrated community work-based or volunteer learning experiences.
Who is your Employment Specialist?
Employment Specialists are assigned to the school districts and serve youth aged 14-24:
|Granville, Reynoldsburg, and Johnstown||Jaclyn Alexander|
|Licking Valley, Northridge, and North Fork||Linda Hogue|
|Newark City||Denise Rose|
|Newark City||Samantha Wolf|
|Licking Heights and Southwest Licking||Teresa Valentino|
|Heath, Lakewood, Northern Local, and West Muskingum||Karl Yost|
|Newark City and Adults age 25+||Chad Strohl|
Frequently Asked Questions/ Concerns:
As a parent what can I do now to help my children/family members prepare for employment?
Parents play an important role in providing invaluable career guidance and support to young adults with and without disabilities. Parents help teenagers prepare for adult work by providing positive adult models to follow; exposure to careers and occupations; clear expectations — neither too high nor too low; contacts and networks in the community; and values and attitudes such as discipline, concentration, and a willingness to take on challenges.
How do I find my vocational interests?
Not sure what career might be best for you? Just answer the questions in the Career Cluster Inventory. The results will suggest career options that best relate to your interests. The questions should take around 20 minutes to complete.
How would my benefits be affected by work?
In most cases no, but what will happen to your income, benefits, and health coverage if you go to work? You can use the Benefits and Work Calculator to find out how a job may affect your total income and your health coverage.
Who is OOD?
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is the State of Ohio agency that partners with Ohioans with disabilities to achieve quality employment and independence. OOD works with business, education and non-profit organizations to facilitate individualized employment plans for Ohioans with disabilities; help Ohio companies recruit and retain employees with disabilities; and is the sole agency administering the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs in Ohio. OOD was formerly referred to as BVR, so if you are familiar with BVR then OOD is the right agency for you. For assistance with an OOD referral, please contact your Employment Specialist.
What is Project Search?
The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, business led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations. This program is available to Licking County youth under the age of 22 with enough credits to graduate, but have not yet exited school.
Why should my child volunteer?
Volunteer work presents a great opportunity for teenagers to prepare for the future, as well as to improve their communities. In addition to boosting Employment skills, socializing skills and awareness of local organizations and social issues, high school students who volunteer often may have an advantage over their peers when headed off to college or employment. Contact your Employment Specialist for volunteer opportunities in your area.
What if I have concerns about my child’s health and safety working in the community?
We are committed to the support, health, and safety of your family members with a disability. We will work with you to identify health and safety risks as well as create a plan to allow people with disabilities to safely explore work preferences and experiences. Local providers may also offer services to teach public and social safety.
For more information call 740-349-6588 or email: