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? 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 cafeteria. 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. gainful employment. 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.
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