|Project SEARCH is a one year, high school transition program which provides internships and education leading to employment for students with disabilities. The program takes place at UPMC Jameson in New Castle, PA.
Project SEARCH serves as a workforce training program for students in their last year of high school. Each student applies to the program and is accepted through a committee selection process.
The cornerstone of Project SEARCH is total immersion in a large healthcare organization or business. Each day, students report to the host business, learn employability skills and job skills while participating in three internships during the year. Students participate in regular employment planning meetings to define their career goals and plan necessary steps to achieve those goals.
Managers at the internship sites work with the Project SEARCH instructor and transition trainers to support the students. Students receive continual feedback from the internship manager, co-workers and Project SEARCH staff. They end their day by reflection, problem solving, planning and journaling their key learnings. The ultimate goal upon program completion is competitive employment utilizing the job skills learned on the internships and throughout the program.
Student Eligibility Criteria
Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Vocational & Psychological Services