Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) has partnered with The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) to establish the Penn State Hershey Project SEARCH High School Transition Program site at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
The Penn State Hershey Project SEARCH High School Transition Program features a unique, business-led, school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace, Hershey Medical Center. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and relevant job-skills training through strategically designed internships. The goal for each student participant is competitive employment.
Project SEARCH serves students with intellectual and development disabilities that have an IEP, are in their last year of high school, and have been found to be OVR eligible. The most important criterion for acceptance into Project SEARCH is a desire to achieve competitive employment.
In order to be considered for the program, students must be referred by their home district, meet all eligibility requirements, submit an application and participate in an interview and skills assessment. Final selection of participants will be made by the Student Selection Team, a team comprised of representatives from each of the partners, The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, CAIU and OVR.