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.
Rachel Bentley – Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
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.
Scott Belanger – Coordinator