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First Penn State Health Project SEARCH Participants to Graduate

by Comm Contractor | May 31, 2016
The Capital Area Intermediate Unit is happy to announce the graduation of its first group of students in the Penn State Health Project SEARCH High School Transition program. The graduation ceremony will be held on June 7, at 6:30 p.m., at Junker Auditorium at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey.

The CAIU, in partnership with the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, and the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, established the program at on the Penn State Health campus in Hershey to provide students with disabilities in their senior year of high school the opportunity to gain skills to succeed in the workplace. Five students participated in the program and will be graduating on June 7.

The Penn State Health Project SEARCH High School Transition Program features a unique, business-led, school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Each student experiences total workplace immersion on the Penn State Health campus. The program includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and relevant job-skills training through strategically designed internships. The goal for each student is competitive employment after graduation.

Project SEARCH was developed at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1996. Since its inception, it has grown from a single site to over 300 sites across the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia. Project SEARCH’s primary objective is to secure competitive employment for people with disabilities.

Learn more about the Penn State Health Project Search program at caiu.org/families/school-age/class-placement-services/project-search.