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High Point Regional Hosting Project SEARCH Students


High Point, NC — Guilford County School students are gaining work experience at High Point Regional Health System during their senior year of high school as part of the National Project SEARCH program.  This is a collaborative community partnership that includes High Point Regional Health System, Guilford County Schools, UNC TEACCH-Greensboro and The Guilford Center which is providing start-up funds for the first year. Lincoln Financial also awarded a $20,000 grant to assist with program costs during the first year. 

Project SEARCH is an unpaid internship program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities that focuses on building employability skills provided through internships in local businesses to obtain competitive community based employment. The High Point Regional Health System Project SEARCH Program is the first Autism specific program in North Carolina.  Four students were selected for the first year program.  They will experience three 10-week internship rotations within various departments at High Point Regional through June 28, 2013. Students are instructed by a Guilford County Schools instructor and the job coaches provide onsite training in the student internship sites through UNC TEACCH-Greensboro at the hospital.

“Success begins with determination to do the right thing every time for our patients.  These students have demonstrated that determination since the first moments of their interviews.  We are thrilled to have them as a part of our team,” said Bobbie Comer, Career Services Liaison.  

Project SEARCH was founded by Erin Riehle, nurse administrator, and Susie Rutkowski, education administrator, in 1995 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio. The program has been implemented successfully in 206 sites in 39 states and four other countries including Australia, Canada, Scotland and the United Kingdom. 

For information about Project SEARCH, visit http://www.projectsearch.us/.

*Project SEARCH is a copyright protected model of service delivery that cannot be replicated without directly contracting with the Project SEARCH founders.

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