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Our Program

The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, business led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations.

The program is coming to Michigan State University in 2016. Spartan Project SEARCH is a partnership between MSU, Ingham Intermediate School District, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Community Mental Health, Peckham Inc., and the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons.

Spartan Project SEARCH brings a successful national program for young adults with developmental disabilities to the campus of Michigan State University, one of 12 program sites starting in Michigan. Participants will experience classroom and on-the-job learning in a variety of settings with leadership and expertise from researchers in the MSU College of Education.

Program Objectives

Spartan Project SEARCH prepares interns for employment in the community. Students will:

  • Receive classroom instruction on employability and independent living skills.
  • Participate in internship rotations.
  • Work with a teacher and job coach to learn how to perform internship tasks independently.
  • Engage in job seeking activities.
  • Gain the skills needed to obtain a community job that aligns with their vocational goals.