Project SEARCH, an internationally acclaimed job training program developed in 1996 that provides high school students with disabilities a one-year immersive skill-building experience, is now accepting applications from Monmouth County high school students.

The program will begin this September and last through the 2019/20 school year.

Interns will go through classroom instruction, career exploration and hands-on training which is being coordinated by Family Resource Associates in collaboration with the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities, and New Jersey Travel Independence Program (NJTIP) at Rutgers.

The host work-site will be at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch.

Interns accepted into the program will report to MMC instead of their home school district classroom for the entire school year and rotate through a number of jobs.

This includes opportunities to work in a retail environment, Volunteer Services, Central Processing, the Emergency Department, Environmental Services, Nutrition Services and more.

The goal for each student intern upon completion of the program is competitive employment.

The encouraging news is that 70% of Project SEARCH’s national interns who complete their training find long-term meaningful employment in a variety of career paths (NJ placement is 96%).

The program’s evidence-based model for success involves an extensive period of training, career exploration, combined with continuous feedback from instructors, skills trainers and employers.

Family Resource Associates is currently screening applicants for the Monmouth County Project SEARCH and high school students with disabilities are encouraged to apply now.

For more information, contact Family Resources Associates at www.frainc.org or email employability@frainc.org.

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