Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is the state agency that helps individuals with disabilities get and keep careers. OOD serves individuals with physical, intellectual, and sensory disabilities as well as mental health disabilities. Further information about OOD and its services is available at

Call (740) 354-7951 to talk with OOD about getting started. Or, if an online self-referral process is desired, visit

Shawnee State is a participant in the Workforce Recruitment Program for the 2020-21 academic year. The 2020 application period has now closed. The annual application period usually runs from late August to mid-October.

What is WRP?

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a free recruitment and referral program that connects federal and select private sector employers with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to demonstrate their abilities in the workplace.

WRP is co-managed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor the U.S. Department of Defense.

Benefits of WRP for Students

  • Helps students with disabilities think about the career and internship process earlier.
  • Students gain experience with interviews and resumes.
  • Interaction with SSU Career Services utilization of their resources.
  • Gives students a better chance at federal opportunities and introduces them to the federal government.

How WRP Works

  • Students and recent graduates apply online from late August-October.
  • SSU Coordinator confirms and helps find and prepare candidates.
  • Trained volunteer recruiters from federal agencies remotely interview candidates in October-November.
  • Candidate information is entered into database; candidates can update resumes year-round.
  • Database is opened to all agencies nationwide in December and is active for one year. Federal employers search the database for qualified WRP candidates.

Who is eligible?

To participate in WRP, applicants must:

  • Be eligible for hiring under the Schedule A Hiring Authority
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a current, full-time, degree-seeking, post-secondary student

Students may also participate if they:

  • Meet all of the other requirements for the program but are taking a reduced course load due to a disability.
  • Met the preceding requirements while enrolled, but have graduated in the past year. Candidates who graduated on or after April 1, 2018 are eligible to participate this year.

New Interview Structure

  • Interviews will now be informational rather than evaluative.
  • WRP candidates can elect to have an informational interview.
  • All candidates who submit an application by the deadline, and meet the eligibility will be published in the database in December.

Informational Interview Topics

  • Career Goals and Advice
  • Federal Service
  • Resume and Application Review
  • Students should come to the interview with questions for the recruiter related to federal service and their career goals

After the Interview

  • Employers contact candidates throughout the year.
  • Employers will contact candidates directly. Students may be asked to do an interview and if they are contacted with a job offer, they should get the contact information of the person contacting them to follow up.
  • Neither your recruiter nor the WRP office will be tracking the student’s application. Employers will contact candidates directly without going through the main WRP Office.
  • Please note: the WRP is not a guarantee of employment and we always encourage students to pursue other avenues in addition to WRP.