As the old proverb goes, “give a man a fish and you can feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Such is the case with Project Search. The school-to-work high school transition program for students with disabilities has been in place at the Penta Career Center since 2007. Affiliated with the University of Toledo and UTMC, Project Search coordinates internships, transition services, and resume building for Penta high school students while still earning high school credits. The program assists individuals with various disabilities in gaining the skills necessary to transition into entry level customer service, warehousing, clerical, housekeeping, and custodial jobs while interning at the University of Toledo and UTMC. Working side by side with a job coach initially helps facilitate each student’s transition into the internship and, after high school, into the workplace independently. -GG
To find a program, donate, or become a partner in Project SEARCH visit www.projectsearch.us or
contact Project SEARCH’s current coordinator Amanda Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.