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Project SEARCH

Our Mission: 
To prepare young adults with disabilities for success in competitive, integrated employment.

What is Project SEARCH?
Project SEARCH is a high school transition program for high school students who are on an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and need soft skills for the workforce. 

Project SEARCH provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent living skills to help youth make a successful transition from school to productive adult life. Each student will participate in three internships in different departments at Mercer Health. This is a year-long program.

The program involves an extensive period of training and career exploration, long-term job coaching and continuous feedback from the teacher, job coach, and Mercer Health mentors. The ultimate goal for each student is to be placed in a job at a business site in the community.

Eligibility

Each student must:
  • Have a current IEP
  • Have completed all credits needed for graduation, but be willing to defer his/her diploma until after the Project SEARCH experience
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be eligible for services from OOD (Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities)
  • Demonstrate appropriate workplace personal hygiene and grooming skills along with daily living skills
  • Have independent daily living skills
  • Maintain appropriate behavior and social skills in the workplace
  • Be able to take direction from supervisors and mentors
  • Be able to communicate effectively
  • Have previous work experience (including school, volunteer, and/or paid work)
  • Use public transportation when available and participate in travel training to ensure success in accessing transportation independently
  • Be able to pass drug/alcohol screens, background checks, and have immunizations up to date
  • Have the desire and plan to work competitively in the community at the conclusion of the Project SEARCH program
    Please visit the 
    National Project SEARCH website and Facebook page for more information.
  For more information, contact:
Julie Grieshop | Project SEARCH Instructor
Phone number: 419-586-6628

Staff

Amy Bihn
Special Education Coordinator


Julie Grieshop
Project SEARCH Instructor

Additional Information



Mercer County ESC Project SEARCH Brochure
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