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Project SEARCH Transition Program

The Project SEARCH Transition Program is a unique, business-led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace.Total workplace immersion facilitates a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations. Project SEARCH is a non-paid internship experience.

The goal for each student is competitive employment. The program provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent living skills to help youths with significant disabilities make successful transitions from school to a productive adult life.


Project SEARCH Details

The Project SEARCH logo


Contact Robin Snyder
Supervisor of Ancillary/Health Services
269-471-7725 ext. 3604

Julie Hess
Accountability & Transition Coordinator
269-471-7725 ext. 3247

Ken Fetke

“Project SEARCH has exposed the interns to valuable work life skills and also enhanced the lives and job performance of those who have had the pleasure to work with them. Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try and I don’t know anyone who has tried harder than Dana to accomplish her duties in the ER. She comes to work with a positive attitude, is organized, efficient, and dependable. We consider her part of our team! When Dana stocks supplies, we know they will be there when an emergency hits our doors.”

-Kathy Effa, Emergency Room Supervisor


Berrien County's Project SEARCH program is a collaboration among Berrien RESA and the following organizations:

Corewell Health logo
Disability Network of Southwest Michigan logo
Riverwood Center logo
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons logo