Concord Hospital’s Project SEARCH is a school-to-work program that provides
employment and education opportunities to individuals with cognitive and physical
disabilities. Concord Hospital focuses on providing opportunities for individuals with
disabilities to gain marketable and transferable skills.
Why Project SEARCH? Why Concord Hospital
Project SEARCH is a school-to-work
program that provides training and education
that may lead to employment for individuals Three to four internship
with disabilities. rotations with a focus on transferable skills (data
entry, computer applications, customer service,
Project SEARCH serves as an alternative for phone skills, mail sorting, money handling skills, co-
students in their last year high school eligibility. worker support, etc.)
The cornerstone of Project SEARCH is total An environment that embraces diversity and
immersion in a large business. Students report to demonstrates a strong commitment to the
the host business five days a week, where they program, and to employment and growth
learn employability skills in the classroom and opportunities.
job skills while participating in a variety of
internships/experiences. A dedicated classroom space with on-site
Certified special education teachers and job
coaches work with both the students and the A dedicated Concord Hospital Project SEARCH
business staff. Program Liaison who helps to facilitate
communications between program staff and
Students end their day by reflection, problem students and hospital managers and departments.
solving, planning, and journaling their key
experiences. “Lunch and Learn” sessions offered to all
employees and focus on Project SEARCH, the
The goal upon program completion and mission of the program, and how to communicate
graduation is to utilize their internship skills for with people who have disabilities.
Networking opportunities for students, their
managers, and co-workers.
Concord Hospital’s Project Search is a community effort and involves the following organizations: Concord Hospital, Community Bridges,
Concord School District, NH Vocational Rehabilitation, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic.