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Published on April 20, 2015

Project SEARCH brings unique partnership to Tyler

Tyler – Tyler ISD has partnered with Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics and other community agencies to provide a unique internship program to prepare students with disabilities for today’s competitive workforce.

Project SEARCH is a 10-month internship program originating in 1996 as a partnership between Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center and the local school district. Project SEARCH is an internationally known business-led model designed to fully immerse students into the workplace allowing them to gain marketable skills to secure competitive employment in their last year of transition from school to work.

The Tyler Project SEARCH team includes Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, Tyler ISD, the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Winning Edge Employment Services, and the Andrews Center Behavioral Healthcare System. Starting in August 2015, Project SEARCH at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics will be the first of its kind in East Texas.

“Trinity Mother Frances is excited to host this program and assist the young members of our community to develop the job skills necessary to lead fuller, richer lives,” Thomas Wilken, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, said.

While in Project SEARCH at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, Tyler ISD students will rotate through three different internships to explore a variety of career paths. Students will work with a team, including their family, teacher, DARS counselor and job coaches, to create an employment goal and support system to aid in the transition from school to work. Along with job skills, Project SEARCH at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics will help Tyler ISD students gain increased independence, confidence and self-esteem.

“Tyler ISD is incredibly excited to partner with Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics and other local providers in developing our Project SEARCH internship program,” Dr. Leslie Brinkman George, executive director of academic intervention, said. “Project SEARCH will enhance readiness skills to better prepare students to enter real life employment.”

The mission of the Tyler Project SEARCH team is that upon completion of Project SEARCH at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, participants will be prepared for competitive employment in the community of Tyler with an independent, enriched future.