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Project Search Trains Durham Youth with Disabilities for the Workforce

April 12, 2012
Source: Charlotte News Observer, NC

Durham Public Schools has partnered with four other local institutions to help high school students with learning disabilities find jobs after graduation.

That might be difficult in a struggling economy, but coordinators of the internship program, called Project Search, hope the students will have better chances because they have trained in an immersive, supportive environment for the entire 2011-12 school year at Durham Regional Hospital.

Designed to simulate real work as much as possible, Project Search has allowed the students to head straight to Durham Regional every morning, where they first go to class, then to their internships, where they are supervised by work coaches and hospital staff.

The students also have learned career skills, such as filling out job applications and preparing resumes. When they leave their internships, they will also do exit interviews.

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