Project SEARCH is a program for students who have completed all requirements for graduation from high school. It is a transition program for students to go from high school to a competitive job. The program was developed in collaboration with Great Oaks Institute of Technology, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency, and Xavier University. These three organizations together focus on education and employment for people with mild disabilities. Within Project SEARCH, students are at worksites for one school year and work as interns, without pay. These "interns" range from 18 to 22 years old.
Xavier University was the first University to host the Project SEARCH program and it is currently in its ninth year. Project SEARCH has now been replicated in close to two hundred sites throughout the country, as well as sites in England and Canada. While at Xavier, the interns rotate through three work site internships which allows them to build technical skills and focus on communication and problem solving. The goal is for the interns to learn these job duties based on their individual abilities so they can become independent in a competitive work environment. Throughout the interns' rotations, they receive on-the-job coaching if necessary, support with accommodations and interaction with various employees and students at XU and the University of Cincinnati. It is a win-win situation for everyone. The goal is competitive employment and can occur anytime throughout the school year, either on campus or back in their home community. We are always looking for sites to host a student to help them gain employability skills.
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Link to Project SEARCH International