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Project SEARCH High School Transition Program in Guilford County

Sandhills Center cosponsors Project SEARCH, an important program in Guilford County where high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 18-21, gain skills necessary for increased independence in adult life.

Project Search in Guilford County is a one-year school-to-work program targeted to students whose goal is competitive employment. It is a partnership of Guilford County Schools, The Arc of Greensboro, UNC TEACCH Autism Program, Sandhills Center, Vocational Rehabilitation and two local hospitals.

Students selected to participate will have met all of the academic requirements for graduation and spend a school year reporting to the Project SEARCH host business where they learn skills needed to obtain employment. We are proud to work with Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and High Point Regional Hospital/UNC Health Care as our Project SEARCH work sites. Instruction combines classroom learning with 10-week rotations in unpaid internships within the hospital setting.

The combination of instruction and immersion in the workplace setting prepares students to meet employer expectations. In recent year, the program has had a strong success rate in placing students in paying jobs.

RECRUITMENT FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR WILL BEGIN IN THE FALL OF 2018.

For additional information and to inquire about Project SEARCH applications, parents/guardians are encouraged to contact their student’s classroom teacher and/or their child’s assigned Sandhills Center I/DD Care Coordinator.

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