CHESTER COUNTY INTERMEDIATE UNIT
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Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH at Phoenixville Hospital is a collaborative project partially funded by the PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and supported by CCIU and KenCrest Services that will provide students with a one-year transition program focused on employment.

OVR-eligible students who will have completed all credit requirements for graduation by the end of the project school year or who will be in their 13th year or higher during the project year and are graduating based on IEP goals are eligible for consideration by the Project SEARCH Selection Committee.  Priority will be given to students in geographic proximity to the hospital including Great Valley, Owen J. Roberts and Phoenixville.  Students from Tredyffrin/Easttown, West Chester and Downingtown School Districts will also be considered.

The goal of Project SEARCH at Phoenixville Hospital is to prepare students (and families) for the world of work after graduation.  With that in mind, independent travel to and from home to work (the SEARCH classroom) will be emphasized and supported by the CCIU's Travel Training Program.  Students, while not employed, will be treated as employees in the intake process and will complete all procedures of hospital employees including drug testing.  Since student will be expected to work while at the site, related services will be provided on a consultative basis only.  These will insure that accomodations including assistive devices are provided that address individual student needs.

If you have questions regarding student suitability contact Sharon Shoemaker, CCIU Transition Specialist and Project SEARCH Liaison at sharons@cciu.org or 484-237-5041.

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