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Project SEARCH is a business-led collaboration between Singing River Health Services, Jackson County School District, and The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services that enables young adults with disabilities to gain and maintain employment through training and career exploration. It is an unpaid internship. The goal for each program participant is competitive employment. To reach that goal, the program provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent-living skills to help young people with disabilities make successful transitions to productive adult life. As a result, at the completion of the training program, students with intellectual disabilities are employed in nontraditional, complex and rewarding jobs.

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What Does a Good Project SEARCH Candidate Look Like?


  • Should be finished with their high school requirements for graduation or certificate of completion so that they will be able to focus their entire day on gaining competitive and marketable work skills.  Agree to exit high school after successful completion of the program

  • Must be between 18-21 years old and eligible for Special Education Services.

  • Must be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation through MS Department of Rehabilitation Services (JCSD will assist with this)

  • Must have good attendance record

  • Should have caregiver/family support to participate in planning meetings

  • Should have a positive attitude

  • Basic and effective communication skills (verbal or supported by technology)

  • Basic reading and writing skills

  • Ability to manage their own self-care (to include appropriate social, grooming and hygiene skills

  • Able to pass drug screening and background check

  • Must have updated immunizations

  • Must complete TB testing

  • Must be prepared to make arrangements for transportation for employment upon completion of the program

  • Maintain appropriate behavior in the workplace (absent of excessive behavioral reports). Have the ability to take directions and change behavior when needed

  • Ability to self-manage health needs while at the program

  • Ability to tolerate long walking/standing

  • Must have the ability to understand safety

  • Should have the ability to understand CONFIDENTIALITY. (Should have the ability to respect the privacy of others to include not listening to other people’s conversations either on the phone or in person, not trying to look at other people’s computer screens while at work)

Course of Study

Unit 1: Team Building

Unit 2: Workplace Safety

Unit 3: Technology

Unit 4: Self-Advocacy

Unit 5: Maintaining Employment

Unit 6: Financial Literacy

Unit 7: Health and Wellness

Unit 8: Preparing for Employment

Unit 9. Social and Communication