Grand Rapids, MI (WOODTV) - Making the transition from high school or college into the working world can be a difficult process for anyone. It can be even more difficult for students with disabilities. This Connecting with Community Awards finalist partners with local business and local schools to help train, coach and prepare students with disabilities to better be prepared for the real world of work.
Kent County Project SEARCH is a business led transition model that ensures marketable and transferrable job skill training for their students. It is possible through the collaboration of Fifth Third Bank, Spectrum Health, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Hope Network of Michigan. Each of partners are actively involved in providing vocational training and employment.
Project SEARCH believes total immersion in the workplace through internships gives its students the practical hands on work experience that you can't get from a class room experience. A collaboration like Project SEARCH helps the community see that people with disabilities can be competent professionals and productive citizens.
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