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Taking applications for the Class of 2020-21 now through March 6, 2020. See below for details.

Click here for details on Information Sessions being held in October & November 2019 and January 2020.

Project SEARCH provides a comprehensive approach to employment training and career advancement for individuals with developmental disabilities. The program provides real world skills training through a series of internships, all designed to teach marketable skills that will transfer to a variety of employment settings.

In the Monadnock region, the program takes place at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene (CMC/DH-K). CMC/DH-K offers a wide variety of opportunities for employment training, from clinical to stocking to housekeeping to office tasks. The program runs on an academic calendar: Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Applications for the next session (September 2020 - June 2021) are due by March 6, 2020. Applicants must be receiving Service Coordination from Monadnock Developmental Services, and participants are chosen upon review of completed application packet, reference checks and and interview with the Selection Committee.

     Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Project SEARCH.

     Click here for an overview of Project SEARCH.

     Click here for a 2020-2021 Project SEARCH Application and References form.

More about Project SEARCH:

Project SEARCH participants typically are students (interns) with disabilities in their last year of high school eligibility or who have graduated from high school and whose main goal is employment. The program lasts one school year. As part of the competitive application process, interested candidates must apply and interview in order to be considered for acceptance. Those accepted learn employability and technical skills by participating in three internship rotations. During the program, individualized career development and job placement services are provided, based on the intern's experiences, strengths and skills. Interns are given support with accommodation, adaptations and on-the-job coaching. Total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process through continuous feedback and the application of new skills.

Project SEARCH Background

Project SEARCH (Students Exploring Alternative Resources Children's Hospital) originated at the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati in 1996. The hospital wanted to diversify its workforce and create an opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to obtain marketable employment skills. Since then, Project SEARCH has grown to more than 200 sites across the U.S. and in four other countries. There are six Project SEARCH sites in New Hampshire.

In the Monadnock Region Project SEARCH partners are Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene, Monadnock Developmental Services, and NH Vocational Rehabilitation.

How To Apply for Project SEARCH

webprojsearchphotoProject SEARCH is a job training program for individuals receiving services from Monadnock Developmental Services who are interested in skills training in order to find work. The program takes place Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the campus of Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene (CMC/DH-K). The foundation of this training program is real work experience. Participants receive skills training through a series of unpaid internships at CMC/DH-K while receiving individualized training and job placement support.

Interested candidates must apply to and be accepted into the program.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

* Be between the ages of 20 and 34

* Receive service coordination from Monadnock Developmental Services (MDS)

* Have NH Medicaid or be open for the Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver

* Have current application for or active services with New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation Services (NHVR)

* Make a commitment to learn skills to increase employment options

* Commit to applying for competitive employment at the end of the program

* Have an effective method of communication

* Have reliable transportation

* Pass the required drug screening

* Have the ability to work with some degree of independence (the program does not provide 1:1 support)

* Pass the required criminal background check

* Be responsible for his/her/their own personal care

* Provide written endorsement from his/her/their primary supporters to participate in the program and to find employment

     Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Project SEARCH.

     Click here for an overview of Project SEARCH.

     Click here for a 2020-2021 Project SEARCH Application and References form.

Training Program Overview
Students accepted into Project SEARCH are considered Interns. The training program lasts one school year and follows the academic calendar. Interns work with a certified Special Education teacher and vocational trainers. Learning takes place through internships and in the Project SEARCH classroom at CMC/DH-K. Combining internships with classroom learning allows Interns to master the skills they need for employment.

Internships are the cornerstone of Project SEARCH. Interns rotate through three of unpaid internships during the course of the program. Internships are structured to teach complex but systematic skills that are marketable and needed in the workforce.

The teacher and vocational trainers work with the CMC/DH-K staff to ensure that internships meet each student’s interests and abilities. Vocational trainers assist the Interns as they learn the jobs.

     Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Project SEARCH.

     Click here for an overview of Project SEARCH.

     Click here for a 2020-2021 Project SEARCH Application and References form.



MDS Mission Statement
Because we believe…

  • everyone, from children to the elderly, has the right to experience a safe, supportive family life, in all its many facets;

  • respecting each person’s and each family’s values is the foundation for building and strengthening people’s lives;

  • power, authority and responsibility lie with each person for how they will live their life.

The mission of MDS is…
to work toward inclusion, participation and mutual relationships for all people who are at risk of isolation from community. We will promote self-determination and quality of life, develop an environment which encourages creativity, innovation and individuality, and ensure quality of supports.