Transition, or school-to-work services, focus on aiding young adults with disabilities through the transition from school district-supported services to adult services and employment. Work Opportunities’ Transition Team works with students in Snohomish and King Counties for their entire final academic year. Work Opportunities staff conduct skills assessments and job exploration activities in the first part of the year, and then begin the job development process in January. The goal is that students are graduating from schools directly into community-based employment opportunities.
Project SEARCH, founded at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 1996, is an intensive internship training program for young adults with disabilities in their final year of school district-supported services. Like transition services, Project SEARCH aims to assist these students in obtaining paid employment in their communities by the time they graduate in June. This program targets complex and marketable skill development so that students graduating from the program are equipped to obtain significant, financially stable employment.
Providence Everett Project SEARCH: A partnership between Work Opportunities, Everett Public Schools, and Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, WA, PEPS will welcome its first cohort of interns in September of 2019. For more information on PEPS, please email Lindsay Piper.