Project SEARCH

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

  • Desire and plan to work competitively in the community at the conclusion of the Project SEARCH program.
  • Be 18-21 years of age.
  • Reside in Lawrence, Beaver or Butler counties
  • Completed high school credits necessary for graduation.
  • Agree that the Project SEARCH year will be the last year of student services, and will accept diploma at the end of the school year.
  • Meet eligibility requirements for Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Have independent personal hygiene and grooming skills.
  • Have independent daily living skills.
  • Maintain appropriate behavior and social skills in the workplace.
  • Take direction from supervisors and modify performance.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Be able to use public transportation when available.
  • Ability to pass drug screen, felony check and immunizations up to date.

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OVERVIEW FOR SCHOOLS AND PARENTS

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APPLICATION CHECKLIST
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APPLICATION

Contact Information:

Gail Steck
District Administrator
Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
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724-656-3070
John Grimm
Program Manager
Vocational & Psychological Services
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724-730-1422

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