Project Search

Project SearchWhat is Project SEARCH?

Project SEARCH is a high school transition program that takes place entirely at St. Rita’s Medical Center. The program provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent living skills to help youth make a successful transition from school to a productive adult life. Each student will participate in three internships in different departments of the Medical Center. The program involves an extensive period of training and career exploration, long-term job coaching and continuous feedback from the teacher, job coach and St. Rita’s mentors. The ultimate goal for each student is placement in a job at a business site in the community.


Each student must:

  • Have a current IEP
  • Have completed all credits needed for graduation, but be willing to defer his/her diploma until after the Project SEARCH experience
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be eligible for services from OOD (Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities)
  • Have independent personal hygiene and grooming skills
  • Have independent daily living skills
  • Maintain appropriate behavior and social skills in the workplace
  • Be able to take direction from supervisors and mentors
  • Be able to communicate effectively
  • Have previous work experience (including school, volunteer and/or paid work)
  • Use public transportation when available and participate in travel training to ensure success in accessing transportation independently
  • Be able to pass drug/alcohol screens, background checks and have immunizations up to date
  • Have the desire and plan to work competitively in the community at the conclusion of the Project SEARCH program

Please visit the national Project Search website and Facebook page for more information.


For more information, contact:

Leigh Taylor | Project SEARCH Instructor
Phone number: 419-296-8308