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Project SEARCH is a transition program for young adults in their last year of high school. It is an internship program designed to transition young adults with disabilities from the high school setting into employment within the workplace.

Project SEARCH began in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Concerned with a high turnover rate, Erin Riehle, the Director of the Emergency Department, wondered if people with disabilities could fill the entry level jobs she had. Cincinnati Children’s, along with the Hamilton County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and the Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development turned the idea of filling a handful of jobs into a comprehensive program model - Project SEARCH. Project SEARCH has grown from one original program to about 500 in seven countries - United States, Canada, Australia, Scotland, England, Ireland, and Bahrain.

The program provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent living skills to help young adults with disabilities make successful transitions from school to productive adult life.

Instructor/Coordinator: Nichole Wetjen
Phone: 402-366-3536
Email: nichole.wetjen@esu6.org

 

 

Skills Trainer: Marissa Pfile
Phone:  402-641-3970
Email: marissa.pfile@esu6.org

 

 

     


 

     

 

 

Congratulations 2018 Project SEARCH Graduates!

                                                 


 

Project SEARCH Classes Recognized for Employment Outcome

 

80% Employment Outcome

2014-15 Year Recognized

 

 

80% Employment Outcome

2013-14 Year Recognized

 

100% Employment Outcome
2012-13 Year Recognized
Two of the Project SEARCH Graduates were part of the group who accepted the award for reaching 100% Employment.  The award was received at the 2014 International Project SEARCH Conference Opening Ceremonies at Embassy Suites in La Vista, Nebraska.

 


 
Project SEARCH Intern's Goal:

  • Be competitively employed at the end of the Project SEARCH program in their home community


Project SEARCH at York General has Internship sites across their campus at:

  • York General Hospital
  • York General Hearthstone
  • York General Willow Brook
  • West View Medical Building

 

Project SEARCH Internship Sites:

  • Lab
  • Laundry
  • Child Care
  • Dietary Aide
  • Business Office
  • Plants Operation
  • Patient Transport
  • Activities Assistant
  • Dialysis Ward Clerk
  • Greeter/Receptionist
  • Wellness Center Aide
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Environmental Services
  • Materials Management
  • Health Information Management (HIM)

 

Project SEARCH begins in August & runs thru early-May:

  • 2 1/2 week Orientation - August
  • 10 week Internship - September thru November
  • Transition Activities - November
  • 10 week Internship - Late November thru February
  • Transition Activities - February
  • 10 week Internship - Late February thru early-May

 

Project SEARCH Interns do the following for each internship:

  • Apply for the internship
  • Interview for the internship
  • 3 weeks prior to the end of the internship apply and interview for next internship
  • 2 weeks prior to the end of the internship resigns from current internship

 

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Milford Office: (main office) | 210 5th St | Milford, NE 68405 | Ph: 402-761-3341 | PH: 800-327-0091 | Fx: 402-761-3279
Geneva Office: 225 N. 17th St | Geneva, NE 68361 | Ph: 402-759-3143 | Fx: 402-759-4864