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Project SEARCH

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Project SEARCH is a transition program from high school to employment for young adults with disabilities. Based on a model in Cincinnati, Project SEARCH allows men and women ages 18-30 with disabilities to gain employability skills through the implementation of hands-on work experience during a series of three separate, 10-week internships matched to their individual interests, strengths and abilities. If accepted into the program, the intern works within a host business to receive job skills and independent living skills.

Eight to ten Project SEARCH interns are chosen each year for this opportunity. Interns receive 1.5 hours of classroom instructional time and spend four hours on the job site, four days a week. Each intern has a teacher and a job coach for support and training. The program runs like a school year with the ultimate goal being permanent job placement upon graduation from the program. Southwestern Community College partners with N.C. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Webster Enterprises, and Smoky Mountain Center to provide services for each intern.

Please call Devonne Jimison at 828.339.4486 for more information or to apply.

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