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ODC AWARDED PROJECT SEARCH PROGRAM IN WISCONSIN RAPIDS ODC recently became one of just seven agencies to be awarded a new Project SEARCH partnership program in Wisconsin! Project SEARCH is a high school transitional program for students ages 18-21 who have intellectual disabilities. Students in the program spend their final year of high school focusing entirely on transitioning into the world of work. The program will be based in Wisconsin Rapids. As the lead agency, ODC will coordinate the program with partners Riverview Hospital, the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools (WRPS) and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Riverview Hospital will serve as the host business, providing student internships within a wide variety of hospital
departments and providing space for classroom instruction. “As an independent and community-owned healthcare provider, Riverview Hospital Association is committed to providing both health care services and employment experiences to all citizens in our communities,” said Celse Berard, President. “I am excited about this unique opportunity to collaborate with ODC on providing young adults with developmental disabilities with meaningful job skills and on-the-job experiences.” WRPS will work in collaboration with the Port Edwards and Nekoosa school districts to identify students who will benefit from the Project SEARCH model. They will also dedicate a full-time classroom instructor to the program. The program is scheduled to begin with the 2015-16 school year. “WRPS is excited about the opportunity to offer our students extended support in their learning, and preparation for the world of work in a real-life setting,” said Colleen Dickmann, Superintendent of WRPS. We look forward to this collaborative effort, as the end result will provide additional opportunities for our students.” Since 2011, ODC has partnered with Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, the Marshfield School District and DVR on a Project SEARCH program in Marshfield. ODC’s role within the new Wisconsin Rapids program will duplicate our responsibilities within the Marshfield program: to provide job coaching services for participating students, which are funded by DVR, and to work with students to secure permanent employment after graduation. ODC’s Employment Services team often continues to provide job coaching for students after employment, with funds provided by Community Care Connect of Wisconsin (CCCW). SEE PROJECT SEARCH / PAGE 3
TOP: Lincoln High School, Wisconsin Rapids | BOTTOM: Riverview Hospital Association, Wisconsin Rapids
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