About Project SEARCH
Project SEARCH is a one-year, school transition program that provides training and education that leads to employment for individuals with disabilities. Because the outcome is employment, Project SEARCH will be the student’s last year of public school.
The cornerstone of Project SEARCH is total immersion in a large business. Five days a week, students report to the host business using either a public or private transportation system. The students learn independent living and employability skills in the classroom and develop work skills while working in 3 different rotations in the hospital.
A certified special education teacher and job coaches work with the students and the hospital’s staff. The teacher and job coaches make sure the students are being productive workers in the hospital’s departments.
The ultimate goal upon program completion is for the students to utilize their internship skills for gainful employment.
Established in August 2012, Project SEARCH is a collaborative effort of Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, West Bloomfield Schools, Community Mental Health, New Horizons Rehabilitation, Michigan Rehabilitation Services and Oakland Schools. Each of these organizations is an active partner in providing vocational training and employment for people with disabilities.
Project SEARCH Curriculum
· Team Building
· Getting Around the Work Place
· Workplace Safety
· Social/Communication Skills
· Presentation Skills
· Money Management
· Health & Wellness
· Resume Writing
· Job Searching
· Keeping a Job
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Project SEARCH follows the West Bloomfield Schools District calendar.
Project SEARCH has Early Release. Once a month, the students will be dismissed at 1:45 p.m.
School districts will not transport students to Project SEARCH and have signed agreements with Project SEARCH and West Bloomfield Schools to this effect.
The summer before the student starts Project SEARCH, he/she can work with Michigan Rehabilitation Services to develop mobility training. This can include learning to ride the My Connector, the SMART bus, or a private transportation company.
Parents are expected to purchase a shirt(s), usually $16-$18 each, at the New Student Orientation in May. In addition, students are to wear black pants, shoes, socks and belt.
Students may bring their lunch or purchase a lunch in the hospital cafeteria. A refrigerator and microwave are provided.
The hospital has the option of hiring any one of the interns at any time. If a student is not hired by the hospital, a job developer will help the student look for employment in their community.
Greenhouse, Surgery, Clerical, Emergency Department, Kitchen, Transport, Endoscopy, Cafeteria, Environmental Services, Labor & Delivery, Coffee Shop, Surgical Process, Room Service. This list can change at any moment!
2011-2012- 66% Employment
2012-2013- 80% Employment
2013-2014- 75% Employment
You must have a conversation with your district’s Transition Coordinator and/or discuss Project SEARCH as an option at an IEP. Your district MUST be willing to participate in Project SEARCH as it is a tuition based program. Attend 2 Information Nights, one in December and the other in January. At the January meeting, applications will be handed out. Once applications are turned in, the students and a parent/guardian will be interviewed at the hospital in February. A Selection Committee will then meet to review applications. Applicants will be notified by email.