DENVER - The Bureau of Reclamation will host the graduation ceremony for the Department of the Interior Denver Project SEARCH students this Wednesday, May 29. The 11 students have held internships at several DOI bureaus, including the Bureau of Reclamation, and with the Jefferson County School District.
Project SEARCH is a combined education and work experience program for students with disabilities who are in their last year of high school. Each student participates in two or three 10-15 week work experiences during the program year, where they spend their entire school day working in their various rotations. This program prepares participating students for competitive employment in the community.
DOI partners with local organizations including Jefferson County Public Schools, Employment Link, Developmental Pathways, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the ARC of Jefferson County to provide students with real-life work experience, independent living skills and employment tools to help them succeed. The Bureau of Reclamation serves as the host agency providing a classroom, internships and internal coordination while the other partners provide a teacher, job coaches and support services for students.
The Project SEARCH team works with agencies within DOI (Denver Federal Center) to provide a customized experience for each student in an environment that will allow them to be successful and bring value to the agencies.
The graduation ceremony will be followed by a celebration for all of the students as they prepare to take their next career steps using their well-earned experience and work skills.
Released: May 24, 2013