Project SEARCH is a high school transition program for high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Project SEARCH provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent living skills to help youth make a successful transition from school to productive adult life. Each student will participate in three internships in different departments at Mercy Health/St. Rita’s Medical Center. This is a year-long program.
The program involves an extensive period of training and career exploration, long-term job coaching and continuous feedback from the teacher, job coach, and St. Rita’s mentors. The ultimate goal for each student is to be placed in a job at a business site in the community.
The following forms should be completed to apply:
Each student must:
- Have a current IEP
- Have completed all credits needed for graduation, but be willing to defer his/her diploma until after the Project SEARCH experience
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be eligible for services from OOD (Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities)
- Demonstrate appropriate workplace personal hygiene and grooming skills along with daily living skills
- Have independent daily living skills
- Maintain appropriate behavior and social skills in the workplace
- Be able to take direction from supervisors and mentors
- Be able to communicate effectively
- Have previous work experience (including school, volunteer, and/or paid work)
- Use public transportation when available and participate in travel training to ensure success in accessing transportation independently
- Be able to pass drug/alcohol screens, background checks, and have immunizations up to date
- Have the desire and plan to work competitively in the community at the conclusion of the Project SEARCH program
For more information, contact:
Leigh Taylor | Project SEARCH Instructor
Phone number: 419-296-8308