Urgent Update
Latest News

Thank You Charleston Church of the Brethren

Thank you for your $500 donation to The Pioneer Center Booster Club, Charleston Church of the Brethren!

The Pioneer Center Booster Club funds several events, initiatives and provides support for students in times of need.

The Booster Club pays for the Pioneer Tiger’s basketball and cheerleader’s uniforms, trophies, and award ceremonies at the end of the season.  They take the Pioneer School preschoolers to lunch twice a year and host an Easter egg hunt for them.

The Booster Club helps out in cases of deaths of students, staff, etc. – either by sending flowers or making a monetary contribution.  They also help out in emergency food and clothing for students and families in need.

The Pioneer Center Booster Club also furnishes Christmas and birthday gifts for all students.  They also sponsor Santa night for our students and siblings who might not get a chance to talk and visit with Santa. To learn more about the Pioneer Center Booster Club, please contact Booster President, Shelly Smith at 740-773-8044 or ssmith@rossdd.org .



Event turns job seeking on its ear


Wouldn’t it be nice when looking for a job to just sit back and wait for employers to come to you?

For those students and adults served by the Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities, that wish became reality Monday afternoon during a reverse job fair at the Christopher Conference Center. The format, which flips the traditional job fair format on its ear, features job seekers sitting at tables with stacks of their resumes in front of them as they wait for potential employers to come sit down with them.


Click here to read the rest of the story.


Board Meeting Cancelled

Tonight’s Board Meeting has been canceled.


October is National Disability Employment Month


The Pioneer Center recently announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Inclusion Works.”

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

“By fostering a culture that embraces individual differences, including disabilities, businesses profit by having a wider variety of tools to confront challenges,” said Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. “Our nation’s most successful companies proudly make inclusion a core value. They know that inclusion works. It works for workers, it works for employers, it works for opportunity, and it works for innovation.”

Reflecting this year’s theme, throughout the month, The Pioneer Center will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate the community on disability employment issues and its commitment to an inclusive work culture. The marquee event for the month will be a Reverse Job Fair, hosted at the Christopher Conference Center on October 24, 12-5:30pm.

The Reverse Job Fair literally turns the tables on traditional job fairs. Prospective employees are the ones sitting behind the tables, selling themselves to employers who drop by at their convenience. Pioneer does the legwork for business’ who RSVP by Oct. 17, ensuring they will meet with candidates who meet the employers’ needs. To learn more about the Reverse Job Fair, or to RSVP, contact Art Nickles, Employment Connections Coordinator, at 740-773-8044.

“The Pioneer Center is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Patrick McFadden, Director of Communication for The Pioneer Center. “We want to spread the important message that we value the diverse perspectives, including those of individuals with developmental disabilities.”

Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages — during October and throughout the year — by visiting www.rossdd.org/jobs