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Project SEARCH
The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a one-year internship program for students with disabilities, in their last year of high school. It is targeted for students whose goal is competitive employment. The program takes place in a healthcare, government, or other business setting where total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process, as well as the acquisition of employability and marketable work skills. Students participate in three internships to explore a variety of career paths. The students work with a team that includes their family, a special education teacher, and a job coach, as well as the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission (BVR), to create an employment goal and support the student during this important transition from school to work.

BENEFITS of the Project SEARCH Model:
  • Benefits to the Students:
  • Participate in a variety of internships within the host business
  • Acquire competitive, transferrable, 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
Benefits to the Business:
Access to a new, diverse talent stream with skills that match labor need
Gain interns/employees with special abilities who serve as a role model for customers
Access to a demographic of the economy with intense buying power: people with disabilities represent one of the fastest-growing market segments in the US
Experience increased regional and national recognition through marketing of this unique program
Performance and retention in some high-turnover, entry-level positions increase
Our Lake County Project SEARCH site on the LCBDD/Deepwood campus offers some of the following internships:
  • Food Services
  • Custodial
  • Clerical
  • Direct Care
  • Child Care
Project Search Brochure
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Project SEARCH Columbus Empowerment Trip
Travel, fun and learning!! Our student interns had the great opportunity to travel to Columbus and stay overnight, make new friends and learn.
Check it out here.
Project SEARCH at Lakeland Community College
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Internships at Lakeland help youth with disabilities get jobs
Internships at Lakeland Help Youth with Disabilities Get Jobs
Project Search highlighted in the August 31, 2016 edition of the Lakeland ePost. Click here to read.  
Contact Information
Host Site
Lakeland Community College
7700 Clocktower Drive
Kirtland, OH 44094
Sharon Koehler, Project Search Instructor
Project SEARCH Partners
Lake County Educational Service Center

8221 Auburn Road, Concord Township, Ohio 44077
Phone: 440.350.2563
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