She has straight As and work experience, but her job search will differ from other graduates because she is in the first class of students with intellectual disabilities to graduate from the public university.
She is among 18 students who will graduate from Kent State’s Career and Community Studies Program on May 5.
Instead of a college diploma, they will receive a record of completion.
Kent State is one of 27 universities nationwide, including Ohio State University, to offer the program, which was funded by a federal grant for its first four years. [Note: Highline Community College also received a federal grant to fund a similar program.]
The programs were to provide opportunities for students with significant limitations in intellectual function and conceptional, social, and practical skills to attend and be successful in higher education.”
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