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Recruitment underway for Project SEARCH participants in Guilford County Schools

Recruitment underway for Project SEARCH participants in Guilford County Schools

Publication Date: February 15, 2018

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 IS NOW UNDERWAY FOR THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR. THESE ARE IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE APPLICATION PROCESS:

  • Feb. 22, 2018 — Parent Information Session from 6 to 7 p.m. in the media center at Western Guilford High School, 409 Friendway Road, Greensboro.
  • Feb. 27, 2918 — Lunch & Learn at High Point Regional Hospital from Noon to 1 p.m. The classroom is located in the Millis Education Building (600 N Elm Street, High Point, NC). across the street from the main hospital.
  • March 1, 2018 — Lunch & Learn at Moses H. Cone Hospital (1200 N. Elm St., Greensboro, NC), from Noon to 1 p.m. Enter main entrance, use the elevator on the left to the first floor. Classroom 1N102 is directly off the elevator.
  • March 23, 2018 — APPLICATIONS DUE

Following the application process, prospective students may be called for in-person interviews.

For additional information and to inquire about Project SEARCH applications, parents/guardians are encouraged to contact their student’s current classroom teacher.

ONLINE RESOURCES:

  • View information on the Guilford County Schools website.
  • Project SEARCH Guilford County can be found on Facebook here (you don’t need to have a Facebook account to view the page).
  • Watch a video from the Steve Harvey Show about an inspiring young man who reached his goals through Project SEARCH — click here.
  • The Project SEARCH official site is here.