Project SEARCH is a business led collaboration that enables young adults with disabilities to gain and maintain employment through training and career exploration. A 9-12 month program, Project SEARCH provides total immersion in a large community business. Students with disabilities are offered a workforce alternative for their last year of high school. All participants must be eligible for services with the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). At some sites, young adults who have completed high school may be eligible to participate in Project SEARCH.
Each day, students report to the host business, learn employability skills in the classroom and job skills through their internships (usually 3-4 internships during the year). Students are encouraged to use public transportation when available, just as they would when employed after high school. Students and their teams meet monthly for progress reports and to continually refine their career goals and determine concrete next steps. Managers from the host business work with the teacher and job coaches to support the students every step of the way, with an ultimate goal upon program completion being the students' competitive placements at the host business or in the community, based on the skills and experience learned in their Project SEARCH experiences.
Kalahari promises to deliver products and services beyond expectations. Certainly their work with Project SEARCH is WELL beyond expectations. They have welcomed Project SEARCH with open arms and stuck with us during growing pains. They have opened up their departments to our interns and treated them with dignity and respect. Kalahari is a family owned business oriented toward serving families, and they treat us as family. We could not ask for a better partner!
Help us celebrate the partnership between the Kalahari Resort and Project SEARCH and view the video below.