Helping Montgomery County high school seniors with developmental disabilities gain job skills and find meaningful, competitive employment is the goal of Project Search, a program that provides real-world experience and on-the-job training.
Project Search is a partnership between the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services (MCBDDS), the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC), Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities and Miami Valley Hospital South.
During this nine-month program, students receive classroom instruction in effective communication, resume writing and interviewing, and learn more about what is expected of them in the workplace. They also interview for -- and complete -- three, nine-week internships at Miami Valley Hospital South with the support of job coaches. Upon completion of these internships, the students begin interviewing for jobs in the community.
The Project Search model has been incredibly effective, with some programs achieving 100 percent job placement at graduation.
To learn more about the history and philosophy behind this successful nationwide program, visit Project Search.
A video showing the scope of the program at Miami Valley Hospital South can be found here.