Medical City Lewisville (MCL) announced a partnership with Project SEARCH, a nine-month internship program for students with disabilities finishing their last year of Focus on the Future, Lewisville Independent School District’s post-secondary transition program.
Project SEARCH is a unique, business-led, one-year school-to-work program targeted to students with disabilities whose goal is competitive employment. The program takes place in a healthcare, government or business setting where total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process, as well as the acquisition of marketable employment skills.
“We are excited to support LISD students through our partnership with Project SEARCH,” Assistant Vice President of Human Resources Dara Biegert said. “The program gives students self-confidence in the work place and allows them to develop their resumes and promote their employability skills to ensure they enjoy thriving and productive lives in a future they create.”
LISD students will participate in three internships to explore a variety of career paths. They will work with a team including their family, a special education teacher and the Rehabilitation Services Administration to create an employment goal. The team will also support the students during this important transition from school to work.
In turn, participating businesses, such as Medical City Lewisville, will gain access to a new, diverse talent stream with skills to match their needs; acquire employees who will serve as a role model to customers; and obtain individuals who are extraordinarily committed to being good employees.
Along with MCL and LISD, other partners in the Project SEARCH internship program include: the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Quest Employment Agency and Denton County MHMR Center.
For more information about Project SEARCH, visit www.projectsearch.us.