Children's Hospital Colorado

Project SEARCH: An Employment Training Program for Students with Significant Disabilities

Project SEARCH is an innovative school-to-work transition program for high school students with significant disabilities. The program is dedicated to workforce development that benefits the individual, community and workplace.

Children’s Hospital Colorado serves as the host business providing opportunities for students to learn workplace skills and emerge from the program ready for employment.

To be eligible to apply to Project SEARCH, students must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be at least 18 years old 
  • Currently enrolled in a local high school special education program or transition program 
  • Nearing their last year(s) of school services 
  • Completed graduation requirements but deferred diploma 
  • Have a strong desire to work 
  • Are comfortable working in a healthcare setting 
  • Qualify for services through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and their local Community Center Board (CCB) 
  • Willing to travel to and from the program independently (public transportation, Access-a-Ride, carpooling, etc)

For more information, please call the Project SEARCH office at 720-777-2752.

To apply, please download and fill out the Project SEARCH application (.pdf). Submission instructions are outlined in the application and the submission deadline is February 8, 2019.

Our Project SEARCH application (.pdf) is also available in Spanish.

Project SEARCH at Children’s Colorado welcomed our first class of students in 2009, adopting the national Project SEARCH model created in 1996 by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Cincinnati Ohio.

The Project SEARCH program at Children’s Colorado has been recognized nationally as the recipient of multiple Employment Outcome Awards. Most recently, the program was the proud recipient of the 100% employment distinction for the 2014/2015 school year at the 2016 Project SEARCH Conference in Orlando, Florida.

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