Project SEARCH is a ten-month internship program for students who have completed their academic requirements through Lewisville ISD and have the goal of competitive employment. The program provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independence skills to help young adults with disabilities make successful transitions from school to productive adult life.
Total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process as well as the acquisition of marketable employment skills. Students participate in three internship rotations within the hospital to explore a variety of career paths.
The Project SEARCH Interns work with an onsite team, which includes an instructor and two job coaches. Partnering in the success of the Interns are DARS (Department of Assistive Rehabilitative Services) and Quest Employment Services. Also playing crucial roles in their successes are their families, who, with the onsite team and partners, work to create employment goals and support the interns during the important transition from school to work.
Benefits to the Students / Young Adults:
- Participate in a variety of internships within the host business
- Acquire competitive, transferable and marketable job skills
- Gain increased independence, confidence and self-esteem
- Obtain work-based individualized coaching, instruction and feedback
- Develop linkages to Vocational Rehabilitation and other adult service agencies