Project SEARCH Program Begins at Michigan Operations

- September 07, 2016 -

Dow is piloting Project SEARCH, a combined education and internship program for students with moderate intellectual disabilities who have completed their high school academic requirements, but who have not yet officially graduated. This one-year program, hosted by the Disability Employee Network resource group and the 1803/Toxicology and Environmental Research and Consulting facility, will allow the student interns to acquire marketable and transferrable skills and prepare for competitive employment opportunities within the community.

Project SEARCH is an internationally recognized program that began at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a research environment that fosters visionary thinking and innovation. As Project SEARCH interns, eight students will be placed into a variety of roles at MiOps where they will be provided a classroom for structured learning in addition to their on-the-job experiences.

Interns will rotate between three different roles during the program year, each focused on building employability skills. They will spend time in the classroom for the first hour and last half-hour of the day, with the majority of their time spent in their respective workspaces. The goal of the Project SEARCH program is for each student intern to be placed in a competitive job following graduation.