Thursday, July 22, 2010
Program Increases Employability Skills
COLUMBINE, Colo. -- A national program that aims to help students with developmental disabilities get jobs is growing because of the success it's had during the past year.
Project SEARCH, a training program for students with disabilities, is doubling in size this fall, adding four more students to the year-long internship program that places students in multiple positions with Columbine Health Systems.
"What's exciting is that these kids are getting good jobs, making a good wage and sometimes getting benefits," said Romie Tobin, coordinator with the Poudre School District's Integrated Services department.
Students with developmental disabilities are taught employment skills alongside other life skills through several adult transition programs, but none of those specifically assist students with finding a job like Project SEARCH does, Tobin said.