Project SEARCH Graduate with Workforce Knowledge and Opportunities!
On June 10, 2011, eight Henrico County high school students with autism were honored at a graduation celebration for Project SEARCH, a high school transition program providing work experience for youth with disabilities. Over the last nine months, these eight students reported to Bon Secours St. Mary’s Medical hospital for days filled with onsite classroom instruction, participation at a worksite rotation, lunch with co-workers, and feedback from instructors. This effort is a collaboration between VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Services, Henrico County Public Schools, and Bon Secours. Project SEARCH began in Cincinnati in 1996 and is now a nationwide effort with over 140 sites in 42 states.
For these eight local students, this opportunity changed their life for more than just a school year. At the graduation, all eight were offered full or part-time jobs at Bon Secours – quite an accomplishment!
Click here for the NBC 12 video.
Click here for the Henrico Citizen article.