Project SEARCH – Real Work! Real Experience!

Project SEARCH’s primary objective is to secure competitive employment for people with disabilities. The program has grown from one original program site at Cincinnati Children’s to nearly 400 programs across 45 states and four countries.

CVII is excited to be one of the participants in Gardner-Webb University’s Project Search program along with Cleveland County Schools, NC Vocational Rehabilitation, and Partners Behavioral Health Management. To read more about our 2016 graduation program, featured by the Shelby Star, please click here.

BENEFITS of the Project SEARCH Model:

Benefits to the Students:

  • Participate in a variety of internships within the host hospital / business
  • Acquire competitive, transferable and marketable job skills
  • Gain increased independence, confidence, and self esteem
  • Obtain work based individualized coaching, instruction and feedback
  • Develop linkages to Vocational Rehabilitation and other adult service agencies

Benefits to the Business:

  • Access to a new, diverse, talent stream with skills that match labor needs
  • Gain intern/ employee with disabilities who serve as a role model for customers
  • Access to a demographic of the economy with intense buying power: people with disabilities represent one of the fastest growing market segments in the United States
  • Experience increased regional and national recognition through marketing of this unique program
  • Increased performance and retention in high-turnover, entry-level positions


The High School Transition Program is a one-year internship program for students with disabilities in their last year of high school. It is targeted for students whose goal is competitive employment. The program takes place in a healthcare, government or business setting where total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process as well as the acquisition of employability and marketable work skills. Students participate in the three internships to explore a variety of career paths. The students work with a team that includes their family, a special education teacher and Rehabilitation Services Administration to create an employment goal and support the student during this important transition from school to work.


For more information on Project Search, visit their website at, call 704-471-0606, or complete our contact form below.