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For Immediate Release

Project SEARCH is in the Middle of a Great Year!

January 26, 2018

Easterseals is the largest Project SEARCH provider in the country, and our teams are in the middle of another great year.

The full Project SEARCH team and students posing for a group photo

Project SEARCH is a school-to-work program that provides entry-level work experiences in business settings for students with disabilities. It is an opportunity for individuals with a disability to learn transferrable skills, work independently through three different job rotations, and participate in field trips.

Students participate in three different 10-week job placements, allowing them to experience a variety of positions and find the line of work that best suits their interests and abilities.

Zach is working in the Distribution Department at Atrium Medical Center.

Zach is working in the Distribution Department at Atrium Medical Center. He checks the inventory of supplies, orders replacements, and delivers them to their designated closets.

In 2016, 95% of participants took part in all three job placements. By the end of the school year, 41 students were placed in employment. And at the end of 2016, 86% of individuals placed in jobs in 2015 had maintained employment for over 12 months. 

Easterseals works in multiple Project SEARCH sites throughout Greater Cincinnati, including Hamilton and Butler County, and Boone County in Kentucky.

Adolescent girl with auburn hair in a ponytail packages pastries in a coffee shop

Erin works in the coffee shop at Atrium Medical Center. Here she is packaging and dating the pastries.

Project SEARCH partners with local businesses and universities to provide program participants with specific job training instruction and skill development that will prepare students for competitive entry-level employment by the end of the program. It is a collaboration among Butler Tech, Opportunities for Ohioans with DisabilitiesEasterseals Serving Greater CincinnatiAtrium Medical CenterMiami University, and UC Health West Chester Hospital.

The individuals will graduate in May with valuable work experience, transferable skills, and a career path.

 

 

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