Project SEARCH is a competitive one-year, high school transition program that provides skills training and work experience for accepted students ages 18-21.
At Project SEARCH, students work three 10-12 week supported employment rotations in a variety of offices within a government agency or private organization. To participate, each student has to apply to the program and be accepted by the selection committee.
At Project SEARCH, students learn employable skills in the classroom and practical job skills while at work. As a result, students work with a variety of resources to support them.
At the job site, students have access to a training classroom, a business liaison, mentors and different rotational internships for on-the-job training. Students also have an instructor and transition coordinator.
Through Project SEARCH, students are eligible for career counseling, job coaching, placement services and follow-along services with the District's Rehabilitation Services Administration.
Those students participating in the Project SEARCH program will have access to job coaches provided by the Rehabilitation Services Administration.
DCPS has partnered with Project SEARCH since the 2009-10 school year. More than 35 DCPS students have participated in the program, serving at the Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services.
Teachers often refer students to apply to Project SEARCH, but students also can seek these programs out for themselves and apply.
For more information about Project SEARCH or to learn more about the application process, please email Deirdre Williams or call (202) 442-4800.
Project SEARCH Admissions Criteria
- Must be on the IEP Certificate Track
- Students must agree that their participation in this program will conclude their enrollment in school
- The minimum age for the program is 18 and the maximum age is 21
- Strong attendance record is preferred
- Desire to work in an office setting