PROJECT NAME: Project Search’s High School Transition Program
PROJECT LOCATION: Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
FUNDING SOURCE: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, grants and donations
POPULATION SERVED: High School youth with disabilities
SERVICE TYPE: The High School Transition Program is a one-year program for high school seniors with disabilities and special needs and best suited for students whose main goal is employment with interests in health care or banking.
During the first half of the school year, students spend their entire school day at Cincinnati Children’s, Clinton Memorial Hospital or Provident Bank and rotate through three to four work site experiences. These work site rotations allow participants to build various skills, focus on communication and problem-solving, as well as learn specific job duties to become independent in a competitive work environment. During the second half of the school year, individualized job development and placement occurs based on the student’s experiences, strengths and skills. Students are given support with accommodations, adaptations and on-the-job coaching. Associations are made with appropriate community services to ensure a successful transition to a full-time position as well as retention and career advancement.