Project Search is a program for students with disabilities that partners with a community agency to provide a series of internships. The goal of the program is to employ students with disabilities--who would typically not be employed—so they gain skills needed to join the workforce. The OCS Project Search site is located on the UNC campus at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry.
Orange County Schools Exceptional Children’s Department is responsible for providing the instructor and for helping to implement the national renowned curriculum developed by Project Search, specific to the site and also to the demands of today’s workforce.
At the close of 2021, Project Search of OCS graduated four students! A ceremony was held June 2 at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry to honor them and all of their accomplishments.
Who can participate in Project Search? To be eligible, students must be in their last year of school and have completed all academic requirements for either a high school diploma or Certificate of Completion. These interns must be 18-22 years old, must be eligible to receive VR services, and they must have an interest in obtaining gainful, competitive employment upon the completion of the program.
Already, 2 student interns have been offered jobs. Congratulations to the entire Project Search Class of 2021!