Project SEARCH concludes another successful year in Indiana and Terre Haute

The local Project SEARCH program is headed up by Hamilton Center's Employment Solutions division and supported by a long list of collaborators including Union Hospital (program site), Vocational Rehabilitation (funding source) and Indiana Institute (advisement).

The article below describes the program year just concluding plus program-to-date impressive statistics.

Congratulations Project SEARCH Indiana Grads! With pomp and circumstance, cake, and speeches, Project SEARCH Indiana sites around the state celebrated this past month with their 79 students who graduated from an intensive 8-month internship experience. Many of the students were in their final year of high school; several are young adults. All of the Project SEARCH Indiana interns participated in work immersion experiences that emphasized resume development, interpersonal skills, networking, and career building and included working with their host employer on three different job rotations. Nine of the Project SEARCH Indiana sites are collaborative teams consisting of a school system, an employer, and a disability services provider. The tenth site, specifically for young adults, is composed of a service provider and two employers. Modeled on a nationally recognized program developed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Project SEARCH Indiana has been preparing transition-age students and young adults for competitive employment since 2009. Since the program's inception, 57% of the students who have completed Project SEARCH Indiana internships have been hired by either their host employer or another employer in their area. By comparison, nationally, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, only 19.1% of people with disabilities are participating in the labor force. - See more at: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/index.php

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