Project SEARCH

In partnership with SW/WC & Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center
Project SEARCH is a high school transition program that offers on-the-job experience through internships, classroom instruction and job placement assistance for students with disabilities.

Project SEARCH serves as an opportunity for students to transition from high school to community employment by working Monday to Friday (generally 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.) during the school year. Students are provided an opportunity to participate in a variety of 8-10 week internship rotations at the hospital that best meet their interests, experiences and abilities. A job coach, program instructor, and department staff work with the students (and IEP team) to help them develop the necessary interpersonal and job skills to gain meaningful employment.
Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center generously offered to be the host partner for the program for Project SEARCH. The Marshall Project SEARCH program was developed through the cooperation of several organizations that met regularly (and continue to meet) since the summer of 2011. 
Project SEARCH is a program with over 200 host sites worldwide designed to assist youth with disabilities reach their goals of community employment. Our program is based on this successful international program, which was developed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1996. Learn more here
Meet Cathy Schlagel and Mary Lacek, Project SEARCH Teachers
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Read student's experience