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The ESC of Eastern Ohio provides work study and transition services to all identified high school students between the ages of 14 and 22. The  Transition Department provides a number of services and supports to increase post secondary outcomes for students with disabilities to maximize each student’s vocational potential.

We prepare students for post secondary training and education, community integrated employment, and independent living. Our Transition Coordinator acts as a liaison between the school, vocational school, community agencies, businesses, and parents to assure the appropriate delivery of transition services based on the individual strengths and needs of the students. 


Helping students with disabilities get a head start on becoming job ready and better prepared to enter the workforce with the skills necessary to be successful in today’s workforce.


Consists of structured and planned activities in the school and the community, providing students with an opportunity to apply employability skills and concepts.


Those students who have obtained employment or volunteer experiences in the community can receive credits toward high school graduation.  Students can earn up to 3 credits per year based on hours worked each quarter.


Transition Planning is a coordinated set of activities for transition age youth with disabilities, that are designed to facilitate post secondary success.


Assistance is provided to promote successful transition from the classroom to community employment for students with disabilities.

Connect with Our Transition Team

Caitlin Kosec
Program Supervisor
330.533.8755 ext. 1065

Alan Gonci
Transition Coordinator
330.533.8755 ext. 1101



The Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is the designated state agency for providing Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and other services to people with disabilities.

The OOD/MCESC Partnership for Transition Youth is created through an agreement between the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and the Mahoning County Educational Service Center (MCESC) and is the only one in the State of Ohio to provide vocational rehabilitation services to transition youth with disabilities. 

Through this collaboration transition youth with disabilities in Mahoning and Columbiana Counties will have the opportunity  to obtain self-sufficiency, independence and quality employment. The focus population includes transition-aged youth with significant disabilities enrolled in school.

Connect with Our OOD Team

Caitlin Kosec
Program Supervisor
330.533.8755 ext. 1065

Melinda Hammond
VR Counselor OOD
330.533.8755 ext. 1152

Sue Visci 
VR Counselor OOD
330.533.8755 ext. 1098