Special Education Listserv
Subject: Project SEARCH High School Transition Program - NEW
Source: Barb Gilpin, Assistant Director, Effective Practices
Intended Audience: Teachers, Administrators, Work Experience Coordinators, Superintendents, Vocational Counselors
Date: November 16, 2011
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is seeking proposals for school districts to create replication sites for Project SEARCH High School Transition Program to serve 12 students. DESE will provide funding for selected districts or consortium of districts to implement the Project SEARCH High School Transition Program.
The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique 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 on-the-job training and support. The goal for each student is competitive employment. The program provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent living skills to help youth with significant intellectual/developmental disabilities make successful transitions from school to productive adult life.
In addition to the direct benefits that Project SEARCH provides for people with disabilities, the presence of a Project SEARCH High School Transition Program can bring about long-term changes in business culture that have far-reaching positive effects on attitudes about hiring people with disabilities and the range of jobs in which they can be successful.
Guidelines for submitting a proposal may be accessed at: http://www.dese.mo.gov/se/documents/se-ep-projectsearchmo2011.pdf. The proposal and five written copies must be received by DESE no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 20, 2011.