Project SEARCH is a trademarked and copyrighted model of employment training for students with disabilities* in their last year of high school eligibility. Students are immersed in a business environment five days a week, where they learn a variety of job skills during three 10-week internship rotations, as well as, employability skills through classroom training. The Green Bay Project SEARCH host business is a joint venture with Bellin Health and HSHS St. Vincent Hospital. Other program partners include: ASPIRO (lead agency), CESA 7, Aging & Disability Resource Center, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development - Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Program success is measured by the number of interns who obtain year-round competitive employment in an integrated setting within one year of completing their internships, for 16 or more hours a week at minimum wage or higher.
Project SEARCH offers:
- Full immersion in a business environment with leadership from a department mentor.
- competitive, transferable, and marketable job skills.
- Increased independence, confidence and self-esteem.
- Individualized coaching and feedback.
- Classroom instruction from a special education teacher.
- Connections to adult service agencies.
- Career exploration with a ready-to-send resume.
- Access to DVR employment services.
Project SEARCH was developed in 1996 by nurse, J. Erin Riehle, at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC).
* The program focus is on serving young adults with a variety of developmental disabilities (acquired before age 22 such as intellectual disability, visual impairment, hearing impairment, orthopedic impairment, Autism, etc.).
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Eligibility Requirements How to prepare for Project SEARCH
For more information, contact Jean LeJeune at Jean.LeJeune@hshs.org or 920-431-3235.