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Online School Counselors

Ohio Connections Academy’s full-time, licensed school counselors are dedicated to helping students reach their full potential, assisting with:

  • Academic goal setting, scheduling, and planning
  • Personal and social development
  • Career planning
  • College planning

Helping Online Students Succeed

With master’s degrees and specialized training in developmental and educational psychology, our online school counselors help students address the personal, social, and academic issues that can affect their success in school and in life.

At OCA, our online school counseling program is built on relationships, so our counselors are readily accessible to students and families—online, in person, and by phone. With the additional support from our national Connections Academy office and its collaborative network of school counselors across the United States, our counselors bring both individual attention and national expertise to our students and families.

Preparing Students for College and Career

Beyond their daily counseling activities, our online school counselors offer services designed to help high school students prepare for college and career with:

  • Individual graduation plans focused on postsecondary goals
  • College and high school courses available through College Credit Plus, which allows students in grades 7–12 to partner with a local college to obtain credits
  • Interactive online LiveLesson® sessions connecting Connections Academy families across the country with real-time information on financial aid and scholarships, college application processes, entrance requirements, and more
  • College test preparation courses for the ACT and SAT examinations
  • One-on-one counseling with seniors to provide resources and assistance with postsecondary planning, including career options, vocational training, and selecting the right college
  • The ability for students in grades 7–12 to attend courses at local career technical centers
  • Training through the Information Support Services (ISS) program, which provides training to prepare students for entry-level computer specialist positions
  • A Business and Administrative Services program that helps students understand current business concepts and practices
  • Ohio Means Jobs, a state approved website for students to explore, plan, fund, and find their future career. The online education and career planning tool provides career interests surveys, resume writing, interviewing skills, career and educational pathways, and budget skills.

For more information about the opportunities listed above, please contact Ohio Connections Academy.

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OCA counselor Tisha Rinker

Meet Tisha Rinker

Manager of Counseling Services

Tisha Rinker is the manager of counseling services at Ohio Connections Academy (OCA). She has been a school counselor since 2002 and joined the Connections Academy® community in 2006. Below Ms. Rinker shares what she loves about being a school counselor in an online setting.

“The thing I love about being a school counselor is seeing students overcome barriers to learning and achieving more than they ever thought possible,” said Ms. Rinker. “I am motivated to help every student and family feel hopeful once they enroll at OCA.

“The Ohio Connections Academy School Counseling Department has a mission to deliver a virtual, comprehensive school counseling program that meets the individual needs of all students and empowers them to be successful in a changing world. By partnering with students, educators, and families, students can grow and succeed in academic, career, and personal/social areas. Ultimately, students will be prepared for their postsecondary goals and will be responsible, productive citizens and lifelong learners.”


  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, The Ohio State University
  • Master of Arts, Counseling Education, The Ohio State University