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Office of Student Support

Office of Student Support

Facing barriers? Let us help you knock them down. In the Office of Student Support we work closely with our students to provide support resources. You have goals and we want to help you reach them!

It is very common for college students to experience difficulty related to academic pressures, personal issues or physical/mental health problems during their academic career. Our Student Support Specialist coordinates referrals to campus and community resources and offers follow-up support to our students. 

The Office of Student Support Referral Form is for faculty, staff and students to refer students who are experiencing barriers that may hinder their academic and personal success. Students are encouraged to self-refer.

This form is to be used for non-emergency reporting. If there is any threat of immediate harm, call 911 immediately.

Do you have technology needs? Clark State has a Laptop Loaner Program to assist students who are SNAP E&T participants. This program will allow students to check out a loaner laptop in order to stay connected with their instructors and complete their assignments.

If you meet the criteria below, we encourage you to submit an Office of Student Support Referral Form. Be sure to indicate you are requesting laptop assistance. Once submitted, you will be contacted by the Office of Student Support.

  • Reside in one of the following Ohio counties: Champaign, Clark, Green, Logan or Montgomery.
  • Enrolled in a degree or certificate program at Clark State that aligns with an in-demand occupation.
  • Currently receiving SNAP (cash, food, or medical assistance) benefits or could be eligible to receive SNAP benefits. If you are not currently receiving SNAP benefits complete the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Application for Cash, Food, or Medical Assistance and upload with the Office of Student Support Referral Form.

If you have specific questions regarding the SNAP E&T Laptop Loaner Program, please contact the Office of Student Support at 937.328.6101.

Resources we have:

  • Second Harvest Food Bank at Clark State
  • Coat and Clothing Closet
  • School Supplies
  • Hygiene Products

Resources we assist with:

  • Housing Resources Information
  • State and Federal Benefits
  • Childcare
  • Food Security
  • Transportation
  • Self-Advocacy

Job and Family Services: Case management services are available to help address personal barriers students may encounter while trying to balance school, work and family responsibilities. We will connect you with the Job and Family Services Agency in your county of residence.

Services may include:

  • Food Assistance and Medical Coverage
  • Child Care and Emergency Assistance
  • Workforce Education and Training Scholarships
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Supportive Services
  • Registration
  • Referrals to Community Resources

CareSource: CareSource Life Services ® offers services to CareSource members aged 14 and up, as well as parents/guardians of CareSource members. A Life Coach is available to help you work through barriers you may have while pursuing your education.

Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority: SMHA provides safe and affordable housing in cooperation with the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Low Income Public Housing (LIPH)SMHA provides subsidized, non-smoking housing to income qualified individuals/families

  • Cole Manor – 315 Burnett Road
  • Grayhill -220 Montgomery
  • Hugh Taylor – 1707 High Street
  • RC Henry Homes – 4726 Security Drive
  • Sherman Courts/Murray Street – 526 Murray Street

Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV)SMHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) provides vouchers to qualified applicants to use in the private market for landlords willing to accept the voucher.

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS)FSS is designed to help eligible SMHA families to overcome obstacles as they strive to achieve self-sufficiency. The FSS program focuses on areas such as education, job training, job placement assistance as well as supportive services.

Affordable Housing Program (LIHTC) at Lincoln ParkSMHA also provides subsidized, nonsmoking, housing at the Lincoln Park housing development in Springfield, Ohio.

Neighborhood Networks Center (NNC) at Lincoln ParksNNC is an outreach of SMHA, established to provide computer access and to promote self-sufficiency in the Lincoln Park area, including the surrounding community.

Second Harvest Food Bank CCL: Second Harvest Food Bank CCL collects, stores, and distributes food with one driving belief: that our communities thrive when hunger is minimized. Second Harvest services/resources are here to assist individuals and families gain access.

  • SNAP Application Assistance
  • Emergency Box Program
  • Drive-Thru Pantry
  • Mobile Pantry
  • Order Ahead
  • Children’s Programs
  • Senior Program

Questions or Concerns?

John Minter Student Support Specialist


Stephanie Gaston Coordinator, Office of Student Support