The Project SEARCH Transition-to-Work Program is a unique, one-year employment preparation program for high school students with disabilities that takes place entirely at the workplace and culminates in individualized job development. The program is collaboration between Albany County School District #1, Ivinson Memorial Hospital, The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Zenith Business Services, which was founded in 2017.
The goal for each program participant is competitive employment. To reach that goal, the program provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent-living skills to help young people with disabilities make successful transitions to productive adult life.
Ivinson Memorial Hospital and Mountain West Farm Bureau serve as the host businesses providing opportunities for students to learn workplace skills through internships and emerge from the program ready for meaningful, competitive employment. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations.
Eligibility and Intern Selection
Project SEARCH serves young people with disabilities. Typically, these are high school students who are on an Individual Education Program (IEP) and in their last year of high school eligibility. Interns are typically referred to the program through their schools, a family member, or Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and apply in the winter and spring in the year prior to entering the program.