Career Mentoring Programs
Career Mentoring Program Options is an ongoing program operated in partnership with the Columbus Hearing Impaired Program (CHIP) to provide exposure of career choices to Central Ohio students who have hearing loss. CHIP is a comprehensive program of the Columbus City School District for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. DSC provides the Career Options program at Dominion Middle School and Ohio School for the Deaf to an average 87 students per month. Deaf and hard of hearing students often suffer from low self-esteem and self-worth which results in difficulty imagining a successful career path. In the program, professionals who are Deaf or hard of hearing visit classrooms to share stories of how they overcame their communication barriers to succeed in their respective fields. In turn, students are provided opportunities to visit these role models in their workplaces. Career Options sessions are offered with the objective of encouraging Deaf or hearing impaired students that they have potential and there are career paths for them despite their hearing loss.
- Career Mentoring – Middle School and Ohio School for the Deaf program
- Map-It Deaf Mentoring – High School program
The Map-It Deaf Mentoring Program is designed in partnership with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities to assist Deaf, hard of hearing and Deafblind youth to prepare for life after high school. DSC employs a full-time Licensed Social Worker (LSW) who provides services for both youth and adults. The LSW works on-site at Northland and Upper Arlington High Schools every two weeks, serving 10 students who are in mainstreamed classes. Planning for after high school includes consideration of colleges, careers and independent living skills training in areas such as budgeting and financial planning, stress management and healthy living. This support promotes self-awareness and self-esteem and empowers Deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind students to develop leadership, advocacy and self-empowerment skills.