Project SEARCH Transition Programs for Students with Disabilities
Project SEARCH is a one year high school transition program that provides job internship experience and education for young adults with disabilities. It is targeted for students in their last year of high school whose main goal is employment and will benefit from career exploration.
The cornerstone of the one school-year program is immersion in a large business (Milford Regional Medical Center). Through morning classroom hour and internships in three hospital departments, students learn life and job skills. Students must be able to progress toward independence over the first few weeks of each rotation. (Teacher and Job Coach are on site.)
Individualized job development and internship placement occurs based on the student’s experiences, strengths, and skills. The end goal is competitive employment within the community.
Each student applies to the program and is accepted through a selection committee process. All students need to be eligible for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission or other Vocational Rehabilitation services to participate.