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Community Partners

True collaboration among partner agencies is essential. This leads to seamless transition services and sustainability through braided funding streams. True collaboration requires a willingness among partner organizations to share resources and adapt policies and procedures.

Michigan State University provides an on-site classroom and a variety of internships that teach core skills related to that business or organization.

Dr. Marisa Fisher – Co-Director, Spartan Project SEARCH
Dr. Connie Sung – Co-Director, Spartan Project SEARCH
Johnny Wenzel – Support Services Coordinator, Spartan Project SEARCH

Ingham Intermediate School District provides an instructor, employability skills curriculum and student interns from their affiliated schools.

Brooke Locher – Classroom Instructor
Michael Zivsak – Social Worker
Sarah Winslow – Director of Transition Services 

Bureau of Services for Blind and Michigan Rehabilitation Services provides individual career guidance, job coaching and other supports for each intern to gain competitive employment.

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Justine Bond – Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

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   Rosemarie Van Ham – Rehabilitation Counselor       

Peckham provides skills trainers for on-the-job training and job development for interns at the host business and in their initial job.

Brooke Lippert – Job Coach Coordinator 

Community Mental Health provides long term retention and support for eligible interns once they secure a position after Project SEARCH.

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Scott Belanger – Coordinator 

A special thanks to our funding partners in supporting our research and grant opportunities!