Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - by Misty Wheeler, Dalton State College
For some disabled adults, gaining work experience and training is a challenge.
But with Project SEARCH, several participants have found it easier at Dalton State College. Dalton State has partnered with Cross Plains Community Partner, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, and the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities for an employment training program for young adults with disabilities.
“Because the program provides real-life work experience combined with classroom instruction and career exploration, it equips the participants to make a seamless transition into competitive employment and adult life,” said Elizabeth Hunter, Cross Plains Community Partner Supported employment manager.
Taking place over a nine-month period, Project SEARCH places students in various jobs throughout Dalton State, where they can learn work skills such as customer service, data entry, maintenance, money skills, and public speaking.
“Project SEARCH is a great post-secondary option for young disabled adults to acquire the skills needed to enter the work force,” Ms.
Potential candidates must go through an interview and assessment process before entering the program, according to Ms. Hunter.
Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 30, must have completed high school credits necessary for graduation, and must meet the eligibility requirements for Vocational Rehabilitation, among other requirements. Candidates do not have to be enrolled as a Dalton State student to participate in the project.
After meeting the criteria for the program, participants complete three 10-week rotations to work towards their individual professional goals.
For more information about Project SEARCH or about the application process, contact Elizabeth Hunter at 706-278-8143 ext. 105, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.