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Project SEARCH

High School Transition Program

Would you like to be part of a movement that is changing the face of employment for youth with developmental disabilities?

Project SEARCH is an internship program for young adults with developmental disabilities who want to work. This internship program was developed at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Embedded within a host business, Project SEARCH interns learn job skills that will lead to competitive, integrated employment. There are over 350 individually licensed Project SEARCH programs across the world.

Project SEARCH is an educational and employment training program for students with developmental disabilities in their last year of high school eligibility or young adults who recently completed high school. The students or young adults spend approximately nine months interning at a local business to learn work skills. The goal of the program is competitive employment within three months of graduation.

Project SEARCH came to Kansas in 2010 with the first class of interns beginning in the fall of 2011. After the sixth year of implementation, over 350 Kansans have participated in Project SEARCH. 70 percent of those interns have secured competitive employment.

90 interns have been selected for the 2017-2018 year.

There are 13 host business sites in Kansas:

  • University of Kansas, Lawrence
  • Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence
  • Butler Community College, El Dorado
  • Susan B Allen Memorial Hospital, El Dorado
  • Newton Medical Center, Newton
  • Salina Regional Health Center, Salina
  • Via Christi Hospital, Wichita
  • Sedgwick County Government, Wichita
  • McConnell Air Force Base, Derby
  • Johnson County Government, Olathe
  • Embassy Suites, Olathe
  • Tabor College, Hillsboro
  • Cintas, Wichita

Click here for a video on how Project SEARCH has positively affected Kansans.

If you are interested in learning more about Project SEARCH, call us at 1-877-644-4623.