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Subject: Project SEARCH High School Transition Program - NEW

Source: Barb Gilpin, Assistant Director, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Teachers, Administrators, Work Experience Coordinators, Superintendents, Vocational Counselors

Date: January 15, 2013

***TIME SENSITIVE DEADLINE****  January 31, 2013

DESE is seeking proposals for school districts to create replication sites for the Project SEARCH High School Transition Program.  DESE will provide funding for selected districts or consortium of districts to implement the Project SEARCH Program.

The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique one-year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace.  Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and on-the-job training and support.  The goal of each student is competitive employment.  The program provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent living skills to help youth with significant intellectual/developmental disabilities make successful transitions from school to productive adult life.

In addition to the direct benefits that Project SEARCH provides for people with disabilities, the presence of a Project SEARCH High School Transition Program can bring about long-term changes in business culture that have far-reaching positive effects on attitudes about hiring people with disabilities and the range of jobs in which they can be successful.

Guidelines for submitting a proposal may be accessed at: http://www.dese.mo.gov/se/ep/documents/ProjectSEARCHApp.pdf.

The proposal and two copies must be received by DESE no later than end of business day on January 31, 2013.

Should you have questions or concerns, please call 573-751-0225 or email John.Stains@dese.mo.gov or Barb.Gilpin@dese.mo.gov.