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Welcome Project SEARCH Intern Class of 2024!

Project SEARCH is a one-year transition from school-to-work program for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The primary objective is to help students develop life and work skills appropriate to earn competitive employment in an inclusive setting. Project SEARCH interns have completed the credits required for graduation from the Shawnee Mission School District. They participate in a vigorous skills assessment day and are rated by members of the Project SEARCH Steering Committee for recommendation to the program at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission.

Project SEARCH interns complete three 10 week rotations in various departments throughout the hospital.

Project SEARCH is a school-to-work transition program offering work experience and training to help students with special needs improve employment skills.

►  Project SEARCH helps students with intellectual and developmental disabilities transition from school to work.
►  The one-year program’s primary objective is for students to develop life and work skills appropriate for competitive employment.
►  Project SEARCH was first developed Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and is now at more than 700 sites across 48 states & 10 countries. The Project SEARCH program at AdventHealth started in 2018.
►  The Project SEARCH Transition-to-Work Program is a unique, business-led, one-year employment preparation program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration and hands-on training through worksite rotations.
►  The program demonstrates a novel collaborative approach that brings the education system, employers, and rehabilitation services together in unique ways to create a productive and comprehensive transition experience for students.

Project SEARCH Instructor

Amy Quinley


Transition Specialist

Kelly Chapman


Project SEARCH Business Liason

Amy Milroy


SMSD Coordinator

Amanda Wade