River Falls School District is looking for an innovative leader to be a long term substitute for Project SEARCH. The position will run from approximately September 8, 2022 through December 2, 2022. Must have or be eligible to receive any special education teacher license. Project SEARCH is a business-led collaboration that enables young adults with disabilities to gain and maintain employment through training and career exploration. A 9-month program, Project SEARCH provides total immersion in a large community business. Students with disabilities are offered a workforce alternative for their last year of high school. All participants must be eligible for services with the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Young adults, ages 18 -30 years of age, who have completed high school may be eligible to participate in Project SEARCH.
The Project SEARCH partnership includes a local high-status business, a school, DVR, a vocational services agency and a disability services agency, such as a managed care organization. The business provides an on-site training classroom, business liaison and rotational internships for on the job training. The school provides an instructor. DVR works with a local vocational services agency to supply job coaches who support students in their internships as needed and assist with final job placement. The disability services agency provides follow along services for any eligible student who is hired at the business site or in the community.
Each day, students report to the host business, learn employability skills in the classroom and job skills through their internships (usually 3-4 internships during the year). Students are encouraged to use public transportation when available, just as they would when employed after high school. Students and their teams meet monthly for progress reports and to continually refine their career goals and determine concrete next steps. Managers from the host business work with the teacher and job coaches to support the students every step of the way, with an ultimate goal upon program completion being the students’ competitive placements at the host business or in the community, based on the skills and experience learned in their Project SEARCH experiences.
For more information check out this link: www.rfsd.k12.wi.us/district/project-search.cfm
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