PROJECT SEARCH is a High School Transition Program that provides education and training to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Project SEARCH was first developed in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to provide employment and education opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities. In 2010, Project SEARCH was replicated in northern Idaho through collaboration between Kootenai Health, the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Coeur d’Alene School District and Tesh.
OUR MISSION: Project SEARCH is dedicated to providing education and training to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through an innovate workforce and career development modal that benefits the individual, workplace and our community. Our primary goal is to secure competitive employment outcomes form each of our students.
HIGH SCHOOL TRANSITION: The High School Transition program is a one-year educational program for students with disabilities. Participants have met all academic requirements for graduation and spend a school year reporting to the Project SEARCH host business, where they learn the skills needed to obtain competitive community employment at the conclusion of the program.
The High School Transition program combines classroom time with a school year-long unpaid internship at a host healthcare facility or business. This combination of instruction and immersion in the workplace setting thoroughly prepares interns to meet employer expectations.
In addition to classroom learning on employability and independent living skills, each student will spend four hours per day working in an internship. Project SEARCH students gain experience working in a variety of settings including: equipment transportation, nutrition services, quality improvement, housekeeping, child care, laundry, in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation, senior care, central services, purchasing, warehouse, informational technology, out-patient imaging, MRI, and facilities.
There are three 9- to 10-week internship rotations during the school year.
PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: The Project SEARCH application process takes place each spring. Student applicants must also meet the following requirements for consideration:
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: The High School Transition program prepares interns for employment in the community. During this program students will:
CONTACT PROJECT SEARCH:
Theresa Moran, Instructor 208-625-5799 firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Shemanski, Job Developer 208-292-0149 email@example.com
Angee Murillo, VR Counselor 208-769-1555 firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE PROJECT SEARCH INSTRUCTOR:
Theresa Moran has been the Project SEARCH instructor since the program at Kootenai Health began (Fall of 2010) and is employed by the Coeur d’Alene School District. She has been teaching special education since 1995, most of this experience has been at high school level. Theresa is excited to bring her classroom knowledge to this cutting edge vocational program.
Visit the international Project Search website for more information.
The Coeur d’Alene School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in any educational programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance or in employment practices. The District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.
Inquiries regarding compliance with this nondiscrimination policy may be directed to the Director of Special Services or Director of Human Resources at the District Administrative Center, 1400 N. Northwood Center Ct., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814-2472, (208) 664-8241.