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Mahoning County Career & Technical Center Student Services


Special Education at MCCTC

Inclusive Education at MCCTC For the 2022-23 school year, MCCTC provides special education services to more than 200 students around the Mahoning Valley. This is the result of the meaningful partnerships that have been developed with the residential districts of Mahoning County and their respective directors of student services. These amazing directors attend all IEP and ETR meetings while their students are at MCCTC, and we pride ourselves on excellent teaming for the individual growth of these incredible students. Over 90% of the students served at MCCTC receive the entirety of their education in a fully included setting. Our case managers focus heavily on self-advocacy and independence as we strive to transition our students towards readiness for post-secondary success. In addition to fully including students with disabilities in our 22 state-tested career and technical programs, we also serve students in a Career-based Intervention program, a special enrollment program for students with intensive needs, and through our partnership with the Mahoning County Educational Service Center’s Transition to Work Program which is housed in our facility. Meet Our Team Maurice Taylor, Student Services Director  330-729-4000 ext. 1204 Andrew Hampton, Valley STEMandrew.hampton@mahoningctc.com330-729-4000; Extension: 1871 Nancy Kropolinsky, Special Education Coordinator n.kropolinsky@mahoningesc.org330-729-4000 ext. 1213 MCCTC Special Education Teachers Kasey Clark, Arts 330-729-4000; Extension: 1607 John Klem, Machine Team 330-729-4000; Extension: 1444 Michelle Naymick, Arts and Machine Team 330-729-4000; Extension: 1247 Heather Sankey, Global Academy 330-729-4000; Extension: 1608 Stephanie Francis, iCons Academy 330-729-4000; Extension: 1429 Marina Silvestri, iCons, Global Academy 330-729-4000; Extension: 1606 Alisha Bobby,  Academics 330-729-4000 Zachary Capan, Valley STEM 330-729-4000; Extension: 1728 Tom Smith, Valley STEMtom.smith@mahoningctc.com330-729-4000 EXT 1851 Paris Krug, Valley STEMparis.krug@mahoningctc.com330-729-4000 Ext 1856

Section 504

Section 504 at MCCTC Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Section 504 provides: "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States...shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance...." A student with a disability is defined in this statute as a student who has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. Major life activities include Caring for oneself, Performing Manual Tasks, Communicating with Others, Walking, Seeing, Bending, Hearing, Speaking, Standing, Breathing, Learning, Concentrating, Reading, Thinking, and Sleeping. If you suspect a 504 disability, please contact the appropriate coordinator based on you/your student’s grade level: Maurice Taylor, Student Services Director 330-729-4000 ext. 1204 Nancy Kropolinsky, Special Education Coordinator 330-729-4000 ext. 1213 If deemed necessary by the team an evaluation will be conducted and if eligibility is confirmed, a 504 plan will be developed. A 504 plan is intended to provide accommodations to give the individual with a mental or physical impairment an equal or comparable opportunity (in comparison to typical peer) to benefit from the education and programs/activities offered. 504 plans are not intended to enrich, extend, or maximize the student’s performance, but to ensure equal opportunity with that of non-disabled peers.

Title IX Information

MCCTC/Valley STEM Title IX information.

Child Find

What Is Child Find? Child Find is the process of locating, evaluating, and identifying children with disabilities who may be in need of special education and related services. Local school districts are required by federal and state laws to find children who may need special education services and related services. What Is A Disability? UNDER IDEA For children ages birth to 3 – A physical or mental condition that may result in a developmental delay. For children ages 3 through 5 – A documented deficit in one or more of the following developmental areas: communication, vision, hearing, motor skills, social emotional/behavioral functioning, self-help skills, and/or cognitive skills. For children ages 5 through 21 – Identification of one or more of the following conditions: autism, deaf blindness, hearing impairment including deafness, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, emotional disturbance, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, and/or visual impairment including blindness. UNDER SECTION 504 In addition and in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American’s with Disabilities Act Amendment of 2008, MCCTC is participating in Child Find efforts to locate, evaluate and identify all children who have a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity who may because of disability, needs or is believed to need special education, related services or aids or accommodations/modifications. If a parent or guardian suspects that a child may be eligible under this federal definition, please contact the Director of Student Services, Maurice Taylor. Phone: 330.729.4000 Email: What Is The Purpose Of Child Find? To alert parents, professionals, and the public to children who may have special needs To guarantee that school districts find children who may have disabilities and who otherwise may not have come to their attention To enable eligible children to receive the special education and related services that are needed To promote public awareness of disabilities How Can You Help? If you are aware of a child who may have special needs, please notify his/her school district. Parents, relatives, public and private agency employees, childcare providers, physicians and concerned citizens are encouraged to help school districts find any child, ages birth – 21, who may have a disability and are in need of special education and related services. What Happens Next? The school district will contact the parents of the child to discuss the next steps in the evaluation and identification process. This process is provided at no cost to the family. If a need is identified, the child can begin receiving the appropriate special education and related services during the school day. If you suspect a child may have a disability, help is available. Contact MCCTC At: The Mahoning County Career and Technical Center7300 North Palmyra Rd.Canfield, Ohio 44406Phone: 330.729.4000 ext. 1204 For Additional Information And Resources, Contact: State Support Team 57320 North Palmyra RoadCanfield, Ohio 44406Phone: 330.965.7828Fax: 330.965.7901Website: Serving Families And Agencies In Mahoning County: Mahoning County Children Services222 W. Federal Street4th FloorYoungstown, Ohio 44503Phone: 330.941.8888Website: The activity, which is the subject of this report, was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education. However, the opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and no official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education should be inferred. The Ohio Department of Education does not discriminate on the issues of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment or in the provision of services.

Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement

Students with disabilities in Ohio’s public schools, including those who have or could have an individualized education program (IEP) or a Section 504 plan and their parents are covered by this settlement. Below is more detail about who is covered by this lawsuit.

Mahoning County Career & Technical Center

7300 North Palmyra Rd., Canfield, OH 44406

High School - 330-729-4000 Adult Division - 330-729-4100

The MCCTC offers a group of passionate professionals ready to help you begin your career. Since 1972, MCCTC has provided thousands of students with the education to lead a successful career and life. Once enrolled in one of our diverse programs, your options and potential are limitless.

The Mahoning County Career and Technical Center offers adults an opportunity to start or advance in a career. MCCTC Adult Career Center offers Industry Credential Programs, professional development classes and other courses to put you on the right track.

Governing Board Members

  • Mrs. Marie Dockry, President
  • Ms. Beth Donofrio, Vice-President
  • Mr. Ronald Shives, Board Member
  • Jeffery Good, Board Member
  • Mr. Richard S. Scarsella, Board Member
  • Mr. Michael Stanko, Board Member
  • Attorney Kathi McNabb-Welsh, Board Member
  • John Zehentbauer - Superintendent

Additional Board Information

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