Project SEARCH, an international program, will place students in internships at the hospital and promote employment for students with disabilities.
College Station ISD was selected as a Project SEARCH site through an application process with Tech Works for Texas. The program is administered by Texas Tech and partially funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). The program is designed to prepare students with significant disabilities for competitive employment by providing real-life work experience as they transition from school to adulthood.
“We are honored to have been selected as a Project SEARCH site and are excited to work collaboratively with Scott & White Hospital, as well as a variety of other community agencies,” said Molley Perry, CSISD Executive Director of Special Services and Accountability. “The Project SEARCH model has proven highly effective in preparing students with significant disabilities for gainful employment, and we look forward to providing this opportunity for our students.”
Through the collaboration with Scott & White Hospital, Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living (BVCIL), MHMR Authority of Brazos Valley, Region 6 Education Service Center and Junction 505, the program participants will experience total immersion in the workplace to facilitate the teaching and learning process, as well as the acquisition of employability and marketable work skills.
“We are excited to collaborate with College Station ISD and Project Search. We are blessed to have such wonderful school districts in our area and honored to support these students as they work side by side with our hospital staff to make the transition from school to the workplace,” said Jason Jennings, President, Scott & White Healthcare, College Station.
Students will participate in three internships to explore a variety of career paths. The students work with a team that includes their family, special education staff and rehabilitation services to create an employment goal and support the student during this important transition from school to work.