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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction OCSS - Career-Technical Programs

The Ohio Central School System (OCSS) as part of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) offers 25 Career-Technical occupations through 88 programs statewide.  Since OCSS is a chartered school system, these programs are approved and funded by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Career and Technical Education Division established by ORC Chapter 3303.  Similarly, all DRC Career-Technical teachers are certificated / licensed by ODE.

Upon entering the prison system, potential students who show an interest in career-technical education are assessed with Career Scope to determine their interests and abilities.  They are then counseled as to the results of their assessments and informed about which career-technical programs match their results.  Since programming is offered throughout the state prison system, potential career-technical students can be placed in programming that meet their needs. 



All career-technical programs that can be licensed or certified by state or national boards offer these assessments to the students so that jobs can be secured upon release.  All courses of study for career-technical programs are aligned to these assessments so that students are prepared to take the state or national assessments.  Upon passing the assessment, the certificates or licenses are received and filed so that they can be included in the student’s career passport:




Administrative Office Technology (AOT)

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)


Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

Baking / Food Service



License by Ohio State Barber Board

Construction Trades:

Construction Technology (Building Maintenance), Carpentry, Drywall, Masonry, Plumbing, Resilient Flooring, HVAC and Welding

National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) plus a 10 hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) card

Heating, Ventilation  and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Section 608 EPA Certification


License by Ohio Board of Cosmetology


Grower, Greenhouse Worker or Landscape Certification through Ohio Certified Nursery Technician Ohio Nursery/Landscape Association (ONLA)

Power Equipment Technology

Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC)


American Welding Society (AWS)


Upon release, a career passport is prepared for each career-technical completer.  The career passport contains any certificates or licenses that the student achieved including a certificate of completion from the DRC Ohio Central School System.  Also included is an official transcript from OCSS, a resume, a list of competencies achieved and a letter from the Career-Technical Director which explains the documents.  This passport is then sent home so the ex-offender can use it to show potential employers what skills they have acquired and how much they have achieved. 

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