During transition week, interns participate in community business tours and reverse job fairs, building social skills, navigating public transportation and increasing their independent living skills.
They are also able to take advantage of services on campus: participating in Career Conference prep events, conferences, resume checks and professional attire sessions.
After completing the first and second internships, participants have the option of an externship within the community. During the third internship, the focus shifts from skill building to transitioning into competitive integrated employment within the community, Rainer explained.
The first class of six area interns graduated from UW-Stout’s Project SEARCH in May. Multiple interns were hired prior to graduation.
Project SEARCH began in 1996 and now has more than 621 employment sites in 48 states and 705 international sites. Since 2010, more than 37,275 young adults with disabilities have successfully participated in the program and obtained quality employment. Eligible individuals may apply.
Students, families and community members interested in learning more about Project SEARCH are invited to an information session from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, at SVRI in the Vocational Rehabilitation building, rooms 207 and 208.
SVRI serves as a leader to advance innovative programs and practices in disability and employment through partnerships in research, training, education and services.